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Children's LiteratureKnown as the "National Pastime," baseball remains a highly popular sport in the United States. Additionally, over recent decades, baseball's popularity has spread to other nations and continents. Youngsters in nations such as Japan, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and many other locales play and watch this fluid sport. In John Wright's Baseball readers are offered a glimpse into not only the history and strategy of this grand sport but also how players can better prepare themselves for competition. This book is a chapter in the seventeen-volume "Sports Injuries" series. As such Baseball follows a format that is common across all the illustrated books included in this practical set. Wright begins by outlining in brief the history of this sport. Readers then encounter helpful chapters that deal with subjects such as psychological and physical preparation, safety factors linked to equipment, common injuries and their treatment, and vocational opportunities attendant to this sport. Taken as a whole Baseball is a practical and helpful look at not simply how a sport works but also how to play it in a safer manner. Thus, Baseball is a book that youngsters, coaches, and parents will find instructive and readable. 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 9 to 12.
—Greg M. Romaneck