Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse

Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse

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by David A. Kelly, Tim Jessell
     
 

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Before 1918, the Boston Red Sox were unstoppable. They won World Series after World Series, thanks in part to their charismatic pitcher-slugger Babe Ruth. But some people on the Red Sox felt the Babe was more trouble than he was worth, and he was traded away to one of the worst teams in baseball, the New York Yankees. From then on, the Yankees became a golden team.

Overview

Before 1918, the Boston Red Sox were unstoppable. They won World Series after World Series, thanks in part to their charismatic pitcher-slugger Babe Ruth. But some people on the Red Sox felt the Babe was more trouble than he was worth, and he was traded away to one of the worst teams in baseball, the New York Yankees. From then on, the Yankees became a golden team. And the Red Sox? For over 80 years, they just couldn’t win another World Series. Then, in 2004, along came a scruffy, scrappy Red Sox team. Could they break Babe Ruth’s curse and win it all?


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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed
Here is vivid history retold in a "Stepping Stones" chapter book as if we are at the ball park, even making the reader assume The Babe's real life as he began his career in somewhat astonishing circumstances. Who would have thought that a strong willed young boy could later reach the pinnacle of his game in such amazing ways? How could a last place team, the New York Yankees, become legendary like the hitter who joined them? Through baseball's colorful past, grand stars come alive while their individual struggles sound all too familiar at times. Their lives join ours even though times and places change. Babe Ruth brought tremendous strength to the game of baseball, but his biography sheds light on many of the same challenges we face today. He had a bad temper. He often stayed out too late and missed practices. But the author does not focus on the star hitter alone. There is a bigger tale, of course, in that the Boston Red Sox may have been cursed for decades from winning the World Series. Could it be? Is there a connection between the Sox and that Babe Ruth left the team in 1919? Many years later in 1986, and then again in 2003, the Red Sox came very close to winning the World Series. However, close is never enough. Generations had passed and the Sox still seemed "cursed." It was not until 2004 that Boston fans could proclaim at last, "We won the World Series!" It was against the St. Louis Cardinals who they had faced previously in 1946 and 1967. Even more remarkably, the Red Sox won in only four games, the minimum number required to be the official champions. This was indeed a tremendous feat, considering the odds and baseball history, including one dynamic hitter named Babe Ruth.Elementary students may not seek nonfiction sports books unless it is about one of their favorites. However, this kind of engaging story should be read aloud to fully appreciate the intensity and excitement of one of America's endearing pastimes. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—While this book is in part a biography, it mainly covers the history of the "Curse of the Bambino." This superstition dates back to the year that the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees, and many Boston fans believe it is the reason for the team's poor showing in the World Series. The book provides a modern context by describing the heartbreaking loss of the Sox to the Yankees in 2003. It goes on to give a brief but balanced account of the life of Babe Ruth, including some of the unsavory aspects of his behavior and personality. Kelly ends on a happy note, with the Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series. The theme of luck, both good and bad, runs throughout the tale. Play-by-play descriptions of important games will keep baseball fanatics reading to the end.—Kathleen Meulen, Sakai Intermediate School, Bainbridge Island, WA
Kirkus Reviews
Two nonfiction baseball stories enclosed in one cover should be a winner for newly established readers who are baseball fanatics-unfortunately, it's not. The first is a thin sketch of the life of The Babe, the Bambino, George Herman Ruth, bad boy turned national hero, a figure larger than life. Too thin, alas: The Babe was so outsized, so personable, so human, and not enough of that comes through in this. The second story is the sad tale of the fall of the Boston Red Sox after The Babe was sold to the hated New York Yankees. Following that fateful event, Boston was in decline for decades as New York was in ascendancy. It's an exciting story, but Kelly's writing is flat, dependent on exclamation points and forms of "to get" instead of strong, chewy verbs-lazy and inexcusable writing in a book meant for developing readers. Furthermore, even as the book appears on shelves it is outdated, making no mention of Barry Bonds or of the Red Sox's ignominious defeat in 2008. Too bad. (Nonfiction. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307477859
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/14/2010
Series:
A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
291,535
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

David A. Kelly is a lifelong baseball—and Red Sox—fan. Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse is his first book. He lives in West Newton, Massachusetts.

Tim Jessell’s art can be seen in many children’s books, including the popular Secret of Droon series. For the Random House list, he illustrated Two Hot Dogs with Everything and the covers for Crossroads and Raleigh’s Page. He lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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I like baseball. I hate the NYY(New York Yankies). Im adding this to my wishlist.
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