Babe and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series)

Babe and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series)

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by Dan Gutman
     
 

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On October 1, 1932, during Game Three of the Chicago Cubs—New York Yankees World Series, Babe Ruth belted a long home run to straightaway centerfield. According to legend, just before he hit, Babe pointed to the centerfield bleachers and boldly predicted he would slam the next pitch there. Did he call that shot, or didn't he? Witnesses never agreed. Joe

Overview

On October 1, 1932, during Game Three of the Chicago Cubs—New York Yankees World Series, Babe Ruth belted a long home run to straightaway centerfield. According to legend, just before he hit, Babe pointed to the centerfield bleachers and boldly predicted he would slam the next pitch there. Did he call that shot, or didn't he? Witnesses never agreed. Joe Stoshack knows there's one way to solve the mystery—slip back seventy years and see for himself.

As fans of Dan Gutman's acclaimed novels Honus & Me and Jackie & Me know, Joe has the astonishing ability to travel through time-with baseball cards! Now he's bound for Chicago's Wrigley Field by way of Depression-era New York. Only this time his dad-who doesn't spend a lot of time with Joe in the present, never mind the past-is along for the trip. Joe has waited a long time for his father to take him to a big league game, but he never dreamed it could be this one!On October 1, 1932, during Game Three of the Chicago Cubs-New York Yankees World Series, Babe Ruth belted a long home run to straight-away centerfield. According to legend, just before he hit, Babe pointed to the centerfield bleachers and boldly predicted he would slam the next pitch there. Did he call that shot, or didn't he? Witnesses never agreed. Joe Stoshack knows there's one way to solve the mystery—slip back seventy years and see for himself.

Author Biography: Dan Gutman has written many books, including Honus & Me, Jackie & Me, The Kid Who Ran For President, The Kid Who Became President, Johnny Hangtime, The Million Dollar Shot, and Virtually Perfect. When he is not writing books, he is very often visiting aschool. Dan lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey, with his wife, Nina, and their children, Sam and Emma.

Editorial Reviews

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.
KLIATT
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756909437
Publisher:
Harpercollins Childrens Books
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Series:
Baseball Card Adventure Series
Pages:
161
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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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."

"I felt 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.

Meet the Author

Dan Gutman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Genius Files series. He is also the author of the Baseball Card Adventure series, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world, and the My Weird School series, which has sold more than 9 million copies.

Thanks to his many fans who voted in their classrooms, Dan has received nineteen state book awards and ninety-two state book award nominations. He lives in New York City with his wife, Nina. You can visit him online at www.dangutman.com.

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Colleen Morello More than 1 year ago
Read this book!!!!!!!!!!!! Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Soonie Kim More than 1 year ago
Great book for baseball fans
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
islandview1998 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like all books by Dan Gutman, I was hooked after the first page!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Babe and me is asome thank u too bn lol!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read jackie and me and im sure this ones gonna be better
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love gutmans work. He writes so many great books.Houns & Me, Jackie & Me,and Babe & Me all are great books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever . I really like It. Really great book for kids all ages if you know your baseball facts and stuff like that if you know what I mean . Babe and me teaches kids all about the real great babe ruth. It may be a little imaginary but it turns out to feel like you're in the book. It has a great ending teaching kids how to be kind to poor kids. Babe and me is not inapropriate at all it has everything to create an amazing, awesome , and great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!!! Even though im a girl i love baseball,football,star trek(next generation),star wars,and i love the beach boys!! I think it is good for ages 9-13. I love reading dan's books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -Chloe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book for an asinment at school and i ended up eading the whole series!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book everbody know yankees are the best team
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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¿



By: Sebastian
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rules it is amazing(I like pie) ( My mom)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book i read in the series and it ROCKS mexican lima beans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like time traveling I think you will love this book! If the ratings were a scale from one-ten I would rate it a 10. If you also like Babe Ruth and the Yankees I think you will like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever disobeyed your parents? If the answer is yes, then this is the book for you. The book is called Babe and Me. It is about a kid named Joe. Joe goes with his dad to Chicago to see Babe Ruth in person. When Joe saw Babe Ruth he was nice to him and his dad. He gave Joe and his dad a free room in his hotel to stay. Babe Ruth gave them food like turkey, chips, and pork and for dessert, ice cream. Did you know Babe Ruth was a living legend? He made the record of the most homeruns in the world. I can relate with this book because I got to sit with the soccer team I most admire Columbia, and Joe did the same when he sat with the Yankees. I would recommend this book to people who like to read baseball and like Babe Ruth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book