Running On Glass ... the stories
A sports scholar entices her friend, a designer and running buddy, to help envision a pop-up museum about women in sports.
Six characters from sports history come alive, along with the challenges and successes they face, including:
-Gertrude Ederle, known as “America’s sweetheart,” swims the English Channel with such speed that she beats the records of the men before her by five hours.
-Althea Gibson rises from a rugged childhood to become the first African-American star in world-class tennis.
-Gretel Bergmann crashes derogatory notions of athleticism as a Jewish-German track medalist preparing to compete in the 1936 “Nazi” Olympics.
-Wilma Rudolph, once advised by doctors that she would never walk, instead becomes the fastest woman sprinter in international competition.
-Mamie (Peanut) Johnson takes to the mound in professional baseball as a winning pitcher in the all-male Negro Leagues after being turned down by women’s teams.
-Babe Didrikson, an all-around athlete of towering confidence and unmatched ability, earns four track and field world titles in one day and later captivates the golf world.