Out at the Plate: The Dot Wilkinson Story

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"Dot Wilkinson is the greatest female catcher ever to play softball. A bold, pioneering athlete, she refused to let others define her and instead defined herself. Her story is an inspiration to people everywhere." --Billie Jean King, Sports Icon and Champion for Equality

It's not simply that Dot Wilkinson was one of the most decorated women's softball players, bowlers, and athletes of all time and one of the original players from the three-time-world-champion PBSW Phoenix Ramblers softball team (1933-1965). Nor was it the length of her time here on Earth--over a century--although any of these things by itself would be impressive.
The magic of Dot's story is in the details. It's the tale of a childhood spent in poverty, an indomitable, unbreakable spirit, a determination to be the very best to play whatever sport she undertook, the independence to live her personal life on her own terms, and her tremendous success at all of it.
Over more than a decade of countless conversations and interviews, Dot shared all of it with her dear friend, author Lynn Ames. Dot held nothing back. Out at the Plate, told through the lens of Dot and Lynn's friendship, is the story of a forgotten era in women's history and sports, and one extraordinary woman's place at the center of it all.

About the Author

Lynn Ames has spent her entire career either making history or writing about it. She has been an award-winning journalist and nationally recognized speaker. She is the author of sixteen novels and is an accomplished athlete. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

"Dot Wilkinson was an absolute treasure. As Out at the Plate attests, she lived her life on her terms, crushing every challenge encountered along the way. Whether as a two-sport hall of fame athlete, life partner, or friend, Dot supported, encouraged, and inspired generations of women." --Nona Lee, former executive vice president and chief legal officer, Arizona Diamondbacks

Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Pub date: October 17, 2023
240 pages
Format: Hardcover