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At the Plate with... Sammy Sosa

At the Plate with... Sammy Sosa

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by Matt Christopher, Glenn Stout
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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:
9780316134774
Publisher:
Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Pages:
140
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.33(d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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

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