From the best-known and most widely read woman sports columnist in the United States comes a remarkable memoir of a father and a daughter, the story of a girl who would turn her love for sports into a trailblazing career.
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Christine Brennan grew up in Toledo, Ohio, spending her
summers playing with the boys on her block, memorizing
baseball statistics, accompanying her dad to countless
baseball and football games, and falling in love with
everything about sports. While other girls were playing with
Barbie dolls, Chris was collecting baseball cards and
listening to the radio for the play-by-play accounts of her
The eldest of four children, Chris was her father's daughter
from the beginning. For a girl growing up in the 1960s and
'70s, in the days before Title IX changed the playing fields
of America, there were few opportunities to play organized
sports. But Jim Brennan encouraged his daughter to believe
she could play anything she wanted to, and when she couldn't
be on the field, he was by her side in the stands -- she
always thought the seat next to her father was the best seat
in the house -- usually cheering for the underdog, and
making sure Chris knew there was a place for her in the
world of sports.
In her warm and inspiring memoir, the first of its kind by a
female sports journalist, Brennan takes readers from her
neighborhood ball fields to the press boxes and locker rooms
of stadiums around the world. Guided by her father's
unfailing sense of loyalty, honor, and fairness, at the age
of twenty-two she became the first female sportswriter for
The Miami Herald, and in 1985 was the first woman to cover
the Washington Redskins as a staff writer for The Washington
Over the past quarter century, Brennan has reported on many
of the biggest stories in sports, and led the coverage of
both the 1994 Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan saga and the
pairs figure-skating scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.
Her USA Today column on Augusta National Golf Club, home of
the Masters, triggered a nationwide debate about the club's
lack of female members.
Told in the spirited, friendly voice that readers of her
column have come to love, Best Seat in the House is the
heartwarming chronicle of a girl who came of age as women's
sports were coming of age, encouraged every step of the way
by her beloved father.
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