Jean has worked in Orange County, California, as a freelance writer since 1988. Her features, profiles, baseball writing, travel, and essays have appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. She is the co-chair of the NINE Spring Training Conference, held each March in Arizona for baseball historians.
Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime, was published in 2005 (University of Southern Illinois Press) and continues to be used as a text in sports history courses around the country. Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey, co-authored with Ila Jane Borders, is forthcoming in March 2017 from the University of Nebraska Press.
Jean graduated with honors in English from the University of California at Irvine and holds a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. She lives with her husband, Dan (who played briefly for the Angels when they really were located in Los Angeles) in Laguna Beach, California, where she works as a writer, editor, and memoir writing instructor.