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Joe Stoshack has an ability most baseball fans would kill for—he can travel through time to meet the baseball heroes of the past.

With their ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe and his father have the opportunity to find out whether Babe Ruth really did call his shot when he hit that homerun in the third game of the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

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Overview

Joe Stoshack has an ability most baseball fans would kill for—he can travel through time to meet the baseball heroes of the past.

With their ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe and his father have the opportunity to find out whether Babe Ruth really did call his shot when he hit that homerun in the third game of the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

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Publishers Weekly
A boy and his father zip back in time to discover whether Babe Ruth actually predicted his home run in Game Three of the 1932 World Series. "Gutman's account of Joey's strained relationship with his divorced father and his portrait of the intriguing, revered slugger against the backdrop of Depression-era New York are equally skillful," noted PW. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, January 2000: In this time travel adventure, Joe goes with his father back to 1932, to the World Series when Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig won the series for the Yankees in a sweep. Joe wants to see for himself whether or not the Babe called the home run in the 5th inning of the 3rd game at Wrigley Field, Chicago, a much-debated topic in baseball history. Joe's dad, who has been for the most part an absent and angry parent in the present, goes into the past with Joe with schemes to get rich. All the schemes come to nothing, and Joe's dad learns from seeing the real suffering in the Depression Era that his life in the present isn't really so bad. When the two return to the present, they find they are beginning anew with a much-improved relationship. Another theme is that the autumn of this World Series corresponds to the time of Roosevelt's election and Hitler's rise to power in Germany. Joe learns from his dad just how important the Holocaust was to his own history. This is easy fare for younger YAs, especially those who love baseball cards and baseball history. But there is enough, with the time travel details and the general history, to attract more readers than just hard-core baseball fans. (A Baseball Card Adventure). KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2000, HarperTrophy, 161p. illus.,
— Claire Rosser
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613537933
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Series: Baseball Card Adventure Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 428,623
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Babe & Me
A Baseball Card Adventure Chapter One

It was about eight years ago—when I was five that I discovered baseball cards were sort of . . . oh, magical to me.

It was past my bedtime, I remember. I was sitting at the kitchen table with my dad. This was before my mom and dad split up, before things got weird around the house. Dad was showing me his collection of baseball cards. He had hundreds, a few of them dating back to the 1920s.

My dad never made a lot of money working as a machine operator here in Louisville, Kentucky. I think he spent all his extra money on his two passions in life-fixing up old cars and buying up old baseball cards. Dad loved his cars and cards. They were two of the things Dad and Mom argued about.

Anyway, we were sitting there at the table and Dad handed me an old card.

"That's a Gil McDougald card. from 1954," Dad said. "He was my hero growing up. What a sweet swing he had."

I examined the card. As I held it in my right hand, I felt a strange tingling sensation in my fingertips. It didn't hurt. It was pleasant. It felt a little bit like when you brush your fingers lightly against a TV screen when it's on.

I felt vibrations. It was a little frightening. I mean, it was only a piece of cardboard, but it felt so powerful.

"Joe," my dad said, waving his hand in front of my face, "are you okay?"

I dropped the card on the table. The tingling sensation stopped immediately.

"Uh, yeah," I said uncertainly as I snapped out of it. "Why?"

I "You looked like you were in a trance or something," Dad explained, "like you weren't all there."

"Ifelt like I wasn't all there."

"He's overtired," my mom said, a little irritated. "Will you stop fooling with those cards and let Joey go to bed?"

But I wasn't overtired. I didn't know it at the time, but a baseball card-for me-could function like a time machine. That tingling, sensation was the signal that my body was about to leave the present and travel back through time to the year on the card. If I had held the card a few seconds longer, I would have gone back to 1954 and landed somewhere near Gil McDougald.

After that night I touched other baseball cards from time to time. Sometimes I felt the tingling sensation. Other times I felt nothing.

Whenever I felt the tingling sensation I dropped the card. I was afraid. I could tell something strange was going to happen if I heldon to the card. I didn't know what would happen, and I wasn't sure I wanted to find out.

Gradually, I discovered that the year of the card determined whether or not it would cause the tingling sensation. Brand-new cards didn't do anything. Cards from the 1960s to the 1990s didn't do much. But I could get a definite buzz from any card from the 1950s. The older the card, I discovered, the more powerful the tingling sensation.

One day, I got hold of a 1909 T-206 Honus Wagner card—the most valuable baseball card in the world. The tingling sensation started the instant I picked up the card. It was more powerful than it had been with any other card. For the first time, I didn't drop the card.

As I held the Wagner card, the tingling sensation moved up my fingers and through my arms, and washed over my entire body. As I thought about the year 1909, the environment around me faded away and was replaced by a different environment. It took about five seconds. In those five seconds, I traveled back through time to the year 1909.

What happened to me in 1909 is a long story, and I almost didn't make it back. After that, I didn't think I would ever travel through time with a baseball card again. But once you discover you've got a special power, it's hard not to use it. For a school project, I borrowed a Jackie Robinson card from a baseball card dealer and sent myself back to the year 1947.

I nearly got killed in 1947, and my mom grounded me. She didn't make me stay in my room or anything like that, but she did make me stay in the present day.

"No more time traveling!" she ordered.

But, like I said, when you've got a special power, you want to use it.

Babe & Me
A Baseball Card Adventure
. Copyright © by Dan Gutman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted October 28, 2010

    The best book ever

    If you like baseball then you will love the Book Babe and me by Dan Gutman. The book has humor, facts and history! This book is about a boy named Joe and how he and his dad travel back into 1940 to see Babe Ruth play in the world series against the Chicago Cubs. In this book we meet the main character Joe. Joe loves baseball. He loves to play it but he likes to do something more than playing baseball. He collects baseball cards. He has a lot. One day when he gets a Babe Ruth baseball card he is very interested. So Joe and his father go on the couch and hold the baseball card and end up going back in time to when the year Babe Ruth played In the world series. Joe and some other kid get into a fight over an autograph and Babe feels bad so he invites him over to his house for an autograph. Then Joe realizes that they have to go to Chicago for the world series. So their new friend Babe invites them to go. When they get to the stadium Joe and his father are separated but they end up finding each other just before the first pitch of the game. The game ends up going to the Yankees and they end up being the world series champions! Babe invites all his closest friends over to celebrate with him but Joe and his father have to go back home. So Babe gives Joe a ball to remember him with and after that Joe and his father go safely back home.
    In this book there were some positives and some negatives. The negatives in this book were the making fun of babe like calling him fat. Excluding was really mean they would not let Joe play baseball because the other kids were making fun of him for collecting baseball cards. The dying though was very sad like when Lou Gerigh died. The good things about this book were the positives for example the called shots which were awesome and a great call by the Babe. The history was great and had lots of good information. Everyone made new friends like Babe and Joe turned out to be really good friends

    The writing style of the author was that it was fiction. Even though it did have a lot of history in it. I enjoyed the history long ago. I would like to recommend this book to people who are baseball lovers and are very fond of it. If you like to learn more about the history of baseball and babe ruth then I suggest this book to them as well. Also if you like a nice heartwarming story to enjoy I suggest this book to them too. For example a heart warming part was when babe hit his called shots for the sick child.
    Some similar novels to this book are Baseball history Jackie and me and shoeless Joe and me. Jackie and Me and Shoeless Joe and me were written by the same author who wrote Babe and me. I would really love to read the other Baseball card series book again This book is one of the bests books I have ever read. I really enjoyed reading the history of Babe Ruth and the history of the New York Yankees!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2004

    'Babe & Me' raised my son's reading grade!

    My son was failing his reading class due to lack of silent reading minutes. Then he found 'Babe & Me'. I could hardly get him to put it down. He finished it in a few days and checked out a book from the same author in his school library! I am very grateful for my son's sudden interest in reading due to these great books! Highly recommend...especially if you are having difficulty getting your child to read like I was.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    Babe and me

    I read jackie and me and im sure this ones gonna be better

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Watever

    Great book for baseball fans

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2011

    Best book ive read

    Read this book!!!!!!!!!!!! Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    Meeeeeeeeeeeeee

    This was the first book i read in the series and it ROCKS mexican lima beans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2009

    Read it!!! Homer 4 bsball bks!

    GREAT!!!! ;)this review may not seem soo clear but beliver me... it rocks. IT is not as suspensfull as JACKIE and ME (the excelllnt book b4) but it is a more thrilling follow thru full clear one nighter book. GREAT :) my fingers r getting tired but Ill tell u somin that l mak u read the book. So Just wen Stosh is out 2 dinner w babe, stosh is thinkin..."hey, i can change history, i can change it in a good way or a bad way>>>........." but only then does he realize that him going out to dinner w BABE changed history iin a bad way, bccuzz they r going out to dinner b4 the big "CALLED SHOT" game, and now the called shot game is out of the 21st century history books bcuz rite at dinner, BABE passes out and Stosh suddely realizes BABE MIGHT BE DEAD!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Babe and me headline

    Babe and me is asome thank u too bn lol!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2008

    Attention, attention, all sports readers!

    This story is about a kid named Joe who traveled back in time with a baseball card to see Babe Ruth. Joe travels with his father to see Babe Ruth. Babe never could memorize names so he would call a man, Pops, he would call little kid, Kid. One time Joe went to a place where there was a march and Babe was signing autographs. Joe was trying to get an autograph, but he couldn¿t. That¿s when a kid happened to drop an autograph of a Babe Ruth on the road. Joe got it and smiled! The kid¿s Dad came over and told Joe to give it back. Joe said no, but that¿s when the kid¿s Dad pulled out a knife and he said one more time, ¿Give me it back or else I will cut your hand off.¿ Joe`s Dad pushed him behind his back. Joe said okay, but only if you put the knife away. Joe gave him the autograph, Babe Ruth saw what just had happened so he gave Joe an autograph of his own. Do you think I am really going to tell to you the rest of the story? Nope. You¿ll have to read it yourself and find out what happened. By the way, I have a connection to Babe and Me and it is Satchel and Me because they both are about the very famous baseball players and the same young boy, Joe Stoshack. Yes, I would recommend it to a friend because it is a great story and I bet my friends will like it. If my friend doesn¿t like it, I will make him really like it when we talk about it. So why won¿t you just read the book and find out what happened next¿ <BR/><BR/> <BR/><BR/> By: Sebastian

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2006

    A great book for young readers

    Babe and Me is to me the best book in this great series for young readers. I could not put the book down when I started reading it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    This book is awsome!

    This book is very good it tells about the babes life and it has things that most people never knew about babe Ruth. Read It NOW!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2002

    Out of this World!

    Dan Gutman is one awesome author. This book is another fun/fast read. My son hates to read but he loved this book. He also loved Jackie and Me and Honus and Me. Now on to Shoeless Joe and Me. Thank you Mr. Gutman.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2002

    The Great Gutman

    I love gutmans work. He writes so many great books.Houns & Me, Jackie & Me,and Babe & Me all are great books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Big Babe

    Like all books by Dan Gutman, I was hooked after the first page!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Babe ruth

    This book rules it is amazing(I like pie) ( My mom)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    ,,,,,

    Joey farts and makes the world really smell- jk

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2009

    Babe And Me baseball

    Do you like baseball? I know I do. This book Babe and Me is about Babe Ruth. If you're a Yankee fan you should definitely read this book. The main character goes back into time to do a project for reading class. I like this book a lot and I think you should read it. If you like baseball this is the book to read!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2008

    Attention all baseball fans! This is a great book for you, if you like fantasies too

    This book is about a boy named Joe Stoshack who is thirteen and lives in Louisville, Kentucky. He has a dad named Bill Stoshack. Joe can travel though time using baseball cards that act like plane tickets. Stosh and his father travel back to 1932 to find out if Babe Ruth called his shot for his famous homerun. Mr. Stoshack wants to put money in a bank account to grow interest; he also gets 75 baseballs signed by Babe Ruth that he plans to sell for five-thousand dollars each. They find out what it was like living during the Great Depression. They meet the Babe and watch the third game of the World Series. The theme of this story is you shouldn¿t use a power like time-travel to make money, it only can cause you problems. My connections to the main character, Joe Stoshack, is we both love baseball, and play ball. We both also collect baseball cards, too. This helps me understand the text because it¿s almost like I¿m the main character in the book. It¿s amazing because it is like meeting Babe Ruth in person. I would recommend this book to all baseball fans, and fantasy lovers because it¿s about one of the most famous baseball players ever, and people can¿t really travel through time, now can they. Will Babe call his shot? Will the Yankees win the third game of the World Series? Will Joe and his dad ever get home? Read on and find out¿.....<BR/><BR/>By Teddy

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

    Babe & Me

    Babe and me is only the only a baseball card adventure book I have read but you know if you like a book so much you want to read book it so now I'm reading Jackie and me. I think it's cool that Dan uses a un powerful thing like baseball cards to get into the good part of the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2008

    the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    it is about a boy named joe and his dad go back in time. Joes dad is running out of money so his dad wants to sell the babe ruth card. but joe finds a special power to go back in time with the carrd and when they get there they try to get some get rich sceams and they also try to catch babe ruths famous home run when he points to center field but you will have to find out what happens

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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