“OUP Gives Long Overdue Credit to Female Baseball Historian” via Publishers Weekly

Read the complete article at Publishers Weekly, but here’s the opening paragraph:

It’s taken 50 years but Dorothy Jane Mills, formerly Dorothy Z. Seymour, wife of the late baseball historian Harold Seymour, has received long overdue acknowledgment as coauthor along with her late husband of three seminal books on the history of baseball that are considered the scholarly standard in the field. In a formal announcement by Oxford University Press executive editor Tim Bent, Mills was given formal credit and her name will now accompany her late husband’s on the books’ covers and title pages.

The most interesting aspect (at least to me) of this story is that Mrs. Mills asked her husband if she could be listed as a co-author and he said no and that was that.

She said, however, that that didn’t become a sore point in the marriage. “That’s how I was raised. In those days a girl was supposed to be a helper and an assistant.”

Thank goodness those days are now past. Congratulations to Mrs. Mills and Oxford University Press on this terrific news.