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At the Plate with... Sammy Sosa
     

At the Plate with... Sammy Sosa

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by Matt Christopher
 

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Throughout the 1998 baseball season, two names made the headlines more than any others: Mark McGwire, the eventual home run king, and Sammy Sosa, the runner-up in a race that won the hearts of baseball fans worldwide. Yet at the end of the day, it was Sosa who walked away with the National League's MVP award, not McGwire. Why? Because Sosa had dug the dismal 1997

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Throughout the 1998 baseball season, two names made the headlines more than any others: Mark McGwire, the eventual home run king, and Sammy Sosa, the runner-up in a race that won the hearts of baseball fans worldwide. Yet at the end of the day, it was Sosa who walked away with the National League's MVP award, not McGwire. Why? Because Sosa had dug the dismal 1997 Chicago Cubs out of the cellar not just with his home runs, but also with his spectacular all-around play. Yet Sosa's contributions off the field, both in the States and in his native land, the Dominican Republic, are even more impressive. In this powerful biography of one of the most admired sluggers in baseball, Matt Christopher, the number one sports series for kids, traces Sosa's life from his poverty-stricken childhood-when shining shoes put food on the table-to his professional career. For more information on the Matt Christopher Sports Bio Bookshelf, please see the last pages of this book.

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Children's Literature
In an easy, readable style, Christopher chronicles the life of Sammy Sosa from his birth in the Dominican Republic in 1968 to his first two truly successful scoring years with the Chicago Cubs in 1997 and 1998. Christopher adds enough statistics and descriptions of games to keep even the reluctant reader engaged in this biography. He presents Sosa as the man who truly loves his family and places their well being above his successes. Intertwined with the story of Sosa's life is information about the hardships of life for people who live in the Dominican Republic. Although the book will quickly become dated as Sosa continues to play professional baseball, it will appeal to boys (and girls) who cannot get enough baseball.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316093729
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
12/19/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
514 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Matt Christopher is the best selling name behind more than 100 sports-themed books for young readers.

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At the Plate with... Sammy Sosa 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Title:At the plate with Sammy Sosa
Author:Matt Christopher

Sammy Sosa is a strong well fit young man who plays baseball. He is trying to keep up in the homerun race against Mark McGuire.Sammy is so good at baseball the Texas Rangers singed him at age 17. That's one good basebll player.

Sammy Sosa was a young boy who belonged to a poor family in the Dominican. He was using a milk jug for a baseball mitt. Then as Sammy got older scouts from the major leauge noticed young Sammy. the Texas Rangers talked to Sammy in may 1987 and later Sammy signed with the Rangers. When Sammy gat to the majors the Rangers traded him after the '89 season to the Cubs. When Sammy got there he stayed there. Until he stopped playing in 2007. When Sammy was done he had finished with 609 homeruns. He also played for 18 years.

This book took place in the Domincan,Texas, and Chicago. the dates of this book were 1989 and 2007.

The theme of this book is about beseball. It told me to never give up no matter how far you are behind.

Yes I liked this book because it was up tempo and could change any minute

I connect by the season when it was the last game. The other teams 1st baseman and I were tied fo 1st in homeruns (6). Even though Sammy and Mark didn't have six it was still a race between us two.

My other connection is the race between Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron. Barry ended up winning. Even though the race between bonds and Aaron wasn't a season race it was a career race.