Baseball

Satchel Paige By Lesa Cline-Ransome

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Back of Book:
No one pitched like Leroy “Satchel” Paige. Fans packed the stands to see how many batters he could strike out in one game. He dazzled them with his unique pitching style, and he even gave nicknames to some of his trademark pitches — there was the “hesitation,” his magic slow ball, and the “bee ball,” named because it would always “be” where he wanted it to be.
Follow Satch’s career through these beautiful illustrations as he begins playing in the semipros and goes on to become the first African American to pitch in a major League World Series, and the first Negro Leaguer to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
My Review:
I love finding picture books that talk about the history of baseball. I love that one sport inspired so many people around the United States. I had never heard about Satchel Paige and truly enjoyed reading about the life of the amazing pitcher. The book starts at the beginning of Leroy’s life and tells readers about his climb to fame, and how he became one of the greatest pitchers ever. I loved the details about Satchel like that he had his own technique and loved to show off. I also enjoyed reading the showdown he had with Josh Gibson. This book is great for a book report because it is filled with important details of baseball. The illustrations are painted and are truly stunning. The end of the book shares Satchels vital statistics. Great biography read.
Ages 7 and up
32 Pages

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Baseball

The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero by Barb Rosenstock

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Back of Book: In the summer of 1941, Yankee center fielder Joe DiMaggio and his favorite bat, Betsy Ann, begin the longest hitting streak in baseball history. But when Betsy Ann goes missing, will DiMaggio keep hitting? Set on the brink of World War II, this is a spellbinding account of a sports story that united the country and made DiMaggio a hero, at a time when one was profoundly needed.
My Review:
I love finding solid biographies about the heroes of baseball. Baseball is not on a sport, but a way of life. Joe DiMaggio was not trying to make history, he was just playing baseball. In the process, he became the hero that America needed. I loved reading more about the great man who become famous for hitting a streak. This story is well written and the events flow smoothly. The illustrations are truly stunning. I love that in the back of this book is an author’s note, and quotes about Joe DiMaggio. The book also has the hitting streaks and source notes. This is a perfect book to use with any unit about the war or baseball.
Ages 8 and up
32 Pages

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Baseball, Civil Rights, Read Your World

She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story By Audrey Vernick

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Back of Book:

 Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruth’s mighty swing. But she never dreamed she would someday own a baseball team. Or be the first—and only—woman ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

From her childhood in Philadelphia to her groundbreaking role as business manager and owner of the Newark Eagles, Effa Manley always fought for what was right. And she always swung for the fences.

My Review:

I did not  grow up around baseball in the same way that other people did. My family is a football family. When I started teaching, I began to realize how many amazing picture books are centered around the game of baseball. I had never heard of Effa Manley until I picked up this story. I feel in love with her strength and pride. This book really tells the story of how one African American woman broke all the stereotypes that were put in her path. This is an excellent story that is perfect for baseball lovers. It also fits into Black History month or National Woman’s month. I truly enjoyed reading it.

Ages 6 and up

32 Pages  

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