Jean is the author of Breaking Into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime, which I believe is one of the best baseball books I’ve ever read. It is literally the history of women in baseball — not just professional women ball players but women owners, women umpires, “Baseball Annies,” and so much more.
Jean will be lecturing along with two women who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. made famous by the movie A League of Their Own. Their appearance is part of the current exhibit, Line Drives and Lipstick: The Untold Story of Women’s Baseball which runs through March 15.
Jean is also the wife of Dan Ardell, an original “future Angel” who played in the Angels minor leagues from 1961 tthrough 1964 and made his major league debut in September 1961.