Ruth Hanford Morhard: Mrs Morhard and the Boys



S all of us to find our niche and do for others A true story that reads like a novel Mrs Morhard the Boys unearths the strong determined single mother who created the first boys baseball league From her childhood working as a farmhand on the family plot through her abusive marriages and her life as a single mother Josephine Morhard never stopped striving to make life better for herself and her family Hers is a very American story MRS MORHARD AND THE BOYS is the story of Josephine Morhard a resilient mother in Cleveland who in the 1930 s and 1940 s created the first boys baseball league Finding something worthwhile and fun for her son to do Morhard s vision uickly became a reality and her boys league was uickly mbraced by the community the city of Cleveland and the country She was resourceful creative and driven three attributes that helped mold and shape her league and any and all boy s baseball leagues from then on The story of the woman who started boys baseball is an intriguing topic for a book The book to my surprise spends an xcessive amount of time chronicling the life of MrsMorhard and less than half the book deals with her creating the bo I loved the subject of the book but the writing style was very meh for me I felt like I was reading a high schooler s ssay I m a woman and I love baseball so this was an interesting part of the history of baseball that was unfamiliar to me Josephine Morhard clearly didn t have the Love for Imperfect Things easiest life and decided that her son needed something that brought structure and joy This was a baseball league that she founded in Cleveland through persuasion and determination and farxceeded any A Heart of Stone expectations she set when the idea came to her But in many ways a good portion of this book is a biography of Josephine the story about the founding of the baseball league doesn t start until halfway through. T until his mother came upon a novel sports idea toncourage discipline guidance and self worth in her son Out of a dream an mpty lot and the nthusiasm of other neighborhood kids Josephine Language and Linguistics established the first boys' baseball league in America Her city and the country was watchingBeyond allxpectations the Cleveland Indians rallied behind her project Indians legends Bob Feller Jeff Heath and Roy Weatherly helped hone the boys' skills; renowned sports reporter Hal Lebovitz became an umpire; and they were given permission to play in historic League Park All the while as Josephine's Little

While this is a good account of the life of Mrs Josephine Morhadt and the struggles and Sent through in her work and relationships I felt that the cover and description of the book is a bit misleading because there isn t a lot of baseball in the book It s of a human interest story than a baseball book Taken from that perspective I ll give it four stars I really liked this book There was a lot of Cleveland history of areas that I knew It also had a lot of baseball history which included many of the the Cleveland Indian stars It was special for me because I knew one of the original little league players What a woman Mrs Morhard was She never let the hardships of a divorce or war bring her down She was able to run a successful market and start the original little league despite many obstacles that would have stopped many including myself She was a remarkable woman Her family Mrs Morhard is an amazing woman From a young girl she faced many challenges Her family was dependent upon her strengths of being a hard working independent smart and responsible She was forced to take on responsibilities that her parents shifted to her such as taking care of the younger children plowing fields feeding animals all of this and she was Divertimento earlylementary age Those traits that helped her be successful as a child carried her through her life bringing into Love Is a Fairy Tale existence a woman that was confident smart dedicated to her family and innovative This book tells the story of her life and how she managed her life facing abuse neglect sexism and surviving the difficulties of taboo divorces She inspires me She motivates me And I would love her as a friend I would love to be beside her watching baseball games and fundraising for projects The final pages of this book prove the impact this woman had on the lives of those around her the boys that she coached She teache. As the Great Depression brought America to the brink of disaster a devoted single mother in Cleveland Ohio wrestled triumph out of adversity by creating a community activity that would inspire the nation Josephine Morhard never waited for something to happen At twelve years old fiercely independent Josephine left her family's Pennsylvania farm to start a new life Coming of age during one of the most devastating times in America and weathering two bad marriages Josephine put her personal problems aside to insure a productive future for her daughter and son But Junior was a volatile boy ofigh.

The book and spends a decent amount of time covering some of the boys and their antics So for someone looking for a book on baseball history the title of the book is somewhat deceptive The book also doesn t feel like a biography or non fiction book It definitely reads to me like the author recounting the story of her mother in law based on her interactions with her and the knowledge of her husband This isn t a bad book and I learned some things from it but just feel like I would prefer a book that is focused on the facts of the league she founded Still wiping the tears from my Promise at Dawn eyes This book is a wonderful account of the driving spirit of one woman to create something special for the boys in her community and beyondI thoroughlynjoyed this wonderful account of Mrs Morhard s incredible tenacity in creating a boys baseball league in Cleveland Ruth skillfully recounts Mrs Morhard s life from the arly years right through to her magnificent work not just creating a league but continuing to refine and improve it from a couple of kids throwing a ball about in rundown lot to something much greater Although I was a little impatient to get through the childhood years and into the baseball stories I became gripped by the book as soon as Mrs Morhard left home Her resilience in overcoming the many challenges she faced was moving and inspirational Her dri Great history of little league baseball I was drawn to the story of Josephine s life though than I xpected I tried I really tried to finish this book I picked it up to do so so many times but oh my good Lord The first few chapters were so nauseating I kept shaking my head I m doing it now just thinking about writing this review And Please the premise of the woman s story is Bangkok Wakes to Rain enough there s no reason for all the over the top gar bage The author is the daughter in law In one of my final mome. Ndians graduated into the Junior American and Junior National Leagues and finally a Little World Series she instilled in her boys strong values good sportsmanship and an unprecedented sense of accomplishment Some of them like Ray Linduist and Jack Heinen would become Minor League players Not one of Mrs Morhard's boys wouldver forget herIn this stirring biography of an unsung American heroine Josephine Morhard's daughter in law recounts the xtraordinary life and accomplishments of a resilient selfless and determined woman Her inspiring true story a long time coming is something to cheer for.

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Ruth Hanford Morhard was memorizing the batting and earned run averages of Major League baseball players and reading baseball books when other girls were playing with dolls Combining that with another love writing it seems natural that she would one day write a book about baseball Mrs Morhard and the Boys is that book The book had a personal beginning When helping clean out her mother in