Dorothy Seymour Mills is the country’s first female baseball historian. She loves the English language, especially writing, researching, and editing, and she learned to love history by working for 40 years with her late husband, Dr. Harold Seymour, who became the first historian ever to write scholarly baseball history. Their three books about early baseball history for Oxford University Press are the classics of the genre.
Ms. Mills has written 25 books, half of which are still in print. She has written articles about linguistics, reading instruction, baseball history, and other subjects. Some of her articles and reviews appear in scholarly journals.
Her three-volume series of historical novels presents a story about the 1930s Austrian Nazis that reviewers call “engrossing,” with a strong and engaging female lead character who finds herself involved in suspenseful events, all historically based.
Ms. Mills also published a dozen children’s books; one of them, Ann Likes Red, has become a classic.
Of her two most recent books, both published by McFarland, one is her revealing autobiography, A Woman’s Work: Writing Baseball History with Harold Seymour (2004), and the other is her declaration that baseball is still the American national pastime: Chasing Baseball: Our Obsession with Its History, Numbers, People and Places (2010).