Batboy on the Worst Team Ever!

Batboy on the Worst Team Ever!

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by Matt Musson
     
 

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The amazing true story of the losingest team in baseball - and the very first ball club to break the color barrier in the Old South!

Through the long hot summer of 1951, the Graniteers sweat out a 14 - 96 season and 10 Year old Bobby McRainey relates the day to day struggles as batboy on a losingest team ever!

New coaches, a name change and even 'Black Cat Night

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The amazing true story of the losingest team in baseball - and the very first ball club to break the color barrier in the Old South!

Through the long hot summer of 1951, the Graniteers sweat out a 14 - 96 season and 10 Year old Bobby McRainey relates the day to day struggles as batboy on a losingest team ever!

New coaches, a name change and even 'Black Cat Night at Granite Falls Stadium' cannot change the Graniteers' luck. And, when Bobby finds an unhittable 'Cuban' pitcher is really an American born black man, he wrestles with the unfairness of "Whites Only" baseball.

But with five games remaining and nothing left to lose, Bobby's 1951 club signs 5 Negro Leaguers and integrates Southern Baseball. And, the batboy discovers that even a losing team can have immortal moments.

"There are some very pleasant moments (and perhaps even a Denzel Washington movie) in this novel ... based on the incredible true story of the worst team in Baseball History that became the first Southern team to break the color barrier."

...PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

This is a special edition targeted to encourage reluctant readers and is formatted for easy visual perception.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466200753
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/09/2011
Pages:
138
Sales rank:
1,005,449
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.32(d)

Meet the Author

Matt Musson is the creator of the Jeep Muldoon series about a boy with the unusual ability to 'Find Things.' Jeep and his pals solve mysteries and have adventures, usually with a scientific bent. But, Jeep's stories are always fun!

Matt has also written the acclaimed sports novel: The '51 Rocks - Batboy on the Worst Team Ever! The '51 Rocks is a fictional account of the true story of the 1951 Granite Falls Graniteers. Publishers Weekly called the book 'beguiling.' "There are some very pleasant moments (and perhaps even a Denzel Washington movie) in this novel ... based on the incredible true story of the worst team in Baseball History that became the first Southern team to break the color barrier.".

He is a contributing author to the non-fiction anthology Sports in the Carolinas: From Death Valley to Tobacco Road.

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Batboy on the Worst Team Ever! 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How does a team lose 32 straight games and still give all they have on the 33rd? How can a losing team still have immortal moments? Funny, sad, happy and above all - a true baseball adventure. The perfect book for Grandparents to read to their grand children!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bobbie McRainy tells the story of the 1951 Granite Falls Graniteers - the losingest team in baseball history. It's a beguiling ride as Bobbie shares stories of Practical Joking and Baseball superstitions. In the era of green glass coke bottles and quarter hot dogs, the Graniteers suffer through a 14 and 96 season in the historic Western Carolina Baseball league. And, even the ten year old batboy has trouble reconciling the rules that allow Cuban players but exclude American born blacks. Then, when he finds that a hot shot Cuban pitcher is really an American born black man who is passing to play - Bobbie is more conflicted than ever. Finally, with the team 40 games back and with nothing left to lose - the Graniteers make history signing five Negro Leaguers. Granite Falls become the first team in any sport to integrate an all white league in the Old South. And, the final game of the 1951 season is one for the record books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But baseball is good too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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