The Boy Who Saved Baseball

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Tom Gallagher is in a tight spot. The fate of the Dillontown team rests on the outcome of one baseball game, winner take all. If Tom's team loses, they lose their field too. But how can they possibly win? Just when everything seems hopeless, a mysterious boy named Cruz de la Cruz rides into town and claims to know the secret of hitting. Not to mention the secrets of Dante Del Gato, Dillontown's greatest hitter ever. Since he walked away from the game years ago, Del Gato hasn't spoken a word to anyone. But now he...
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Tom Gallagher is in a tight spot. The fate of the Dillontown team rests on the outcome of one baseball game, winner take all. If Tom's team loses, they lose their field too. But how can they possibly win? Just when everything seems hopeless, a mysterious boy named Cruz de la Cruz rides into town and claims to know the secret of hitting. Not to mention the secrets of Dante Del Gato, Dillontown's greatest hitter ever. Since he walked away from the game years ago, Del Gato hasn't spoken a word to anyone. But now he might be Tom's only hope for saving his hometown. From the award-winning author of Over the Wall and Choosing Up Sides comes this imaginative tale of one boy's struggle to preserve the spirit of the game he loves.
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Enthralling . . . filled with memorable moments. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

A baseball tale of legendary dimension . . . another stellar read. (Booklist, starred review)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780142402863
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/17/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 96,073
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 7.14 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

    This is a book that not just baseball fans would love, but infac

    This is a book that not just baseball fans would love, but infact all sports fans. Tom (the main charector) eats sleeps and breaths baseball. He is outside all hours of the day playing on the Dilltown feild with his friends Jimmy Walters and Brian Newman. Suddenly, great suspence arrises when the town needs to bulldowze the park because of the bad economy . Tom and his friends get a team together full of friends from school. But unfortunatly, they aren't old enough to coach a team leggally, so they decide to find an old baseball pro named Cruz de La Cruz. They find Cruz after two weeks of printing signs and making advertisements. Cruz agrees to coach the team to "save baseball" for Dilltown. The point of veiw is first person omnisient, from the veiw of Tom. This book will have you laughing, crying, screaming and on the edge of your seat for the entire book.I agree with rubberducky53 because he is deffinatly correct, this is an amazing novel that I will read again and again, and never get tired of. I would have to say that my faviorite charector is Donald "Doc" Burton. Doc supports Tom as if he were a second father to him (Tom's father died fighting in Veitnam before he was born). Doc has a loving heart and will do anything to help Tom "save baseball". "You don't need to be the next Mickey Mantel to enjoy baseball." (Riiter, 139) I like this qoute because it represents that you don't need to be the best to play not just basball, but any sport. As long as you enjoy the game, and have fun, that's all that matters. Bravo John Ritter on another amazing book!

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    The book ┬┐The Boy who saved Baseba

    The book “The Boy who saved Baseball” I thought was a good book for kids who enjoy baseball and adventure, because the book consist of both, when a boy named Tom is talking to Doc (a man who owns a majority of the land in Dilliontown) about not selling his land because the old baseball field was on his land he had owned and had been a piece of history for Dilliontown for years but the release for the land it was on was up, and Doc is leaning toward selling the land so they can put a highway through the town and build houses and businesses and try to make the town popular again. Another adventure is when Tom and Cruz go through woods up on the mountain to get Del Gato (a famous American baseball player who hit 19 constitutive hits setting a record) house to get his tips on hitting and to help coach the team and well for baseball there is a big game for the baseball field if Dilliontown wins they may keep it but if they lose the highway is going to be built along with the houses and businesses. I would recommend this book to kids ages 10 through 13, because it’s a fourth grade reading level and in the book the boys and girls who play baseball for Dilliontown consists of ages 11through 12.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 18, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Dear alex

    I still dont get it did tommy break us up or was it jenna or wait..... why am i blaming them when it was definently me ! Since i told two people when we both said that we wouldnt tell..... im sorry...... its all my fault... maybe we should just mail each other instead of texting. Wait ho told tommy it wasnt me!!!!! Everyone who i told hate tomys guts.... im so sorry that my big mouth split us apart.... well can u still come over this wekend even though that we cant be together doesnt mean that we cant be friends so i think that is why u should still come over we could be friends like carlie and brandon r ! Whatever i mean if it is ok with u so please please please come over this weekend. Bye
    From,
    Kathlen

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Awesome

    I thought this book was great.

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    thrilling

    The book is about these to kids playing baseball. They are in a delima that their field is about to be torn down by people wanting to build something on it. Tom has to figure out how to save the field. He needs to hire a coach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2011

    Awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2011

    great book

    it is a pretty good book for people who like baseball

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

    The Boy who saved baseball

    _The boy who saved baseball was a really interesting book that I couldn't stop reading it because the author explains well the scenes of the book well in the story of ''The boy who saved baseball''. The book surprise me when Tom and Cruz think that Dante Del Gato has a secret of hitting and when Dante Del Gato speaks to them when he was at doc's porch he tells the truth why he quit baseball and also he tells the secret of hitting.The Best part of the book is when Tom and Cruz go together at midnight to find Dante Del Gato at Rattlesnake ridge to tell him what was the secret of hitting, why he disappear in the world series and also if Del Gato could coach them to win the big game._Well I did sort of like the ending of the book because The Wildcats win the big game and also because Tom becomes Millionaire because of his diary and also because when Doc died he left a fortune to Tom because he made history in Dillontown but in other part I didn't like the ending because I didn't know what happen to the rest of the players like Cruz when he disappear._____

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    Buy This Book!

    In the book " The boy who saved baseball" the main character is Tom Gallager. Tom probably wants nothing to do with anything if it doesn't involve baseball. The only thing Tom wants to do is to play baseball. The only problem is that he doesn't have a place to play. Well, he did but it's going to get destroyed by builders. The boys have tried everything to convince the builders not to build. Soon a boy named Santa Cruez rides in on horseback and he has a plan. The plan is that the boys will play a game trying to win the field. So the boys play the game and Tom was the winning hit for the boys. They were able to get the field back also.

    My personal opinion about this book is I liked it a lot I liked this book for many reasons. The first reason is that the author used a lot of good detail. Using a lot of good detail is key for an author. Finally the book was about baseball and I love baseball. When I read books about things I like I am able to make connections easier. This is good because I can comprehend the book better. Some connections I made with the book are that people might have to convince someone to do something. This is a connection because I convinced people a lot. The main theme in this book is that people might not be able to get what they want. This means they have to keep trying and never give up. A recommendation for this book is that if you like baseball you should read the book.

    Connor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2009

    Best book I ever read!

    I think this book was awesome and great to read if you like baseball.I like the climax at the end of the book.This book should be at every library around America. The book was very well written. I learned never give up when something bad comes your way. Good for readers who play baseball.

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  • Posted April 17, 2009

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    This book is horrible!!!!

    The Boy Who Saved Baseball
    This book, written by John Ritter, is a book that would be a fun book to read. That is if you like crazed spells, prophecies, and one-game seasons. If you are a die-hard baseball fan, DO NOT read this book. It is about the Dillontown Wildcats and their annual game against the Lake View Vikings. Lake View plays Dillontown every year, and every year Lake View beats Dillontown like it was their job. But this time, it was different. This time, if the Wildcats lost to Lake View, Dillontown would be destroyed. They get help from two people: Cruz de la Cruz, a Paloma native, and Dante Del Gato, a former baseball player who quit baseball in the World Series. It sounds good to the average reader, but the actual game doesn't come until the end of the book. The rest is talk and cookouts and stupid prophecies that no one cares about, nor should care about. It is a waste of life, time, and money. Ritter tries to make the book a sports book, but it might as well be the twin book of Harry Potter. This might be the worst book I've ever read, or ever will read. With absolutely no regret whatsoever, I give this book the rating that you see above this review. I hope and plead with all sane Americans that have any form of common sense, dignity, and taste in literature to happily pass this book by if you happen to come in contact with it.

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  • Posted January 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Boy Who Saved Baseball

    This story is by John H. Ritter. It is an exciting and fun read. The story takes place in a small town in California. The town's land is highly prized and wanted by several land owners. The owner of the land is an older gentleman named Doc. Doc has lived in the town for his entire life, but is very short on money. He has to make a choice as to keep the land or sell it. A young boy by the name of Tom hears about this problem and decides to pay a visit to Doc. Once he gets there he tries his best to persuade Doc into keeping the land. Tom doesn't want the land sold because he loves the town. At a town meeting, Doc makes up his mind. He chooses to solve the problem with an old fashioned game of baseball. The game will be between the Tom's baseball team and the wealthy land owners. If Tom's team wins, then the land will stay as it is and Doc will send the land owners packing. If the land owners win, in will come the bulldozers. So it is a "stay or go" situation for the town. <BR/> I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sport books and excitement.<BR/> I enjoyed this book and I believe you will too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2008

    The Boy Who Saved Baseball

    This is a great book. It is about a young boy who lives in the town of Dillontown. The town decides that they are going to destroy the baseball field and not allow baseball to be played in the city anymore. When the main character Tom decides he is going to stand up for what he beieves in and not let the town take away baseball, He soon realizes that he cant do this alone and so he finds help. A retired baseball player lives near him and he wants to get his help to tell the town that baseball has importance to the people of the town. I would rate this book a 9 out of 10 and would highly recomend it to any sports lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    BASEBALL FANATIC!!!!!!!!!

    i luved this book i just thought that it has an awesome plot and the setting is perfect i like the adventure and that its also a disapointment in the end when cruz leaves but i still luved the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    The Boy who saved baseball: not good!

    I didn't really like this book. I don't recommend it. It just didn't draw me in. I didn't get the story line and i didn't like the way it was written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2007

    A reviewer

    The Boy who Saved Baseball is the book I am describing. The main character is Tom he is funny, cool, and brave. The plot of the book is a boy tries to save a baseball field so they play a game against there cross town rivals and if they win doc won¿t sell the ball park and they can save it. It reminds me of my love for baseball just like Tom did. This book was an extraordinary book I thought it had a lot of adventure in it just overall a great book because of the brave main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    The Boy Who Saved Baseball, Or did he?

    This book is about a town in the country named Dillontown which is in California. In Dillontown there is a man named Doc who owns a lot of land. He is debating whether or not he should sell the land to other people outside of Dillontown to make Dillontown grow, but many people in the town don¿t want that. Doc says that if the towns little league baseball team wins their big game than he won¿t sell the land, but if the team looses than doc will sell the land and the town will eventually become a city. The team is working hard, but their still not good enough to beat their competitors until a stranger called Cruze who is an outstanding baseball player comes to play on the team. Then they get help from the best former baseball player named Dante Del Gato. Now the team looks like they might have a chance to save the town of Dillontown. This book had some good qualities and bad. One thing I liked about the book was that after you had to stop reading you wanted to keep reading because it was so exiting. Another thing that I liked was the message that it sent. If you work hard anything is possible. One thing that I disliked about the book is how the author would sometimes use Spanish words in the text. The author would also talk about one topic at the beginning of the chapter and then start to talk about something totally different. This book was written by John H Ritter and so fare this book is not part of a series. If you like to read sports books with action that this is the book for you. This book also reminded me of the movie Bad News Bayers because in both the movie and the book have underdog baseball teams who become great and beat the best team that they will have to play. That is all that I can say with out giving the ending of the book away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2006

    Amazing Book

    This book The Boy who Saved Baseball is a great book about a 13 year old boy who gets into BIG trouble by saying just one darn thing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2006

    Baseball life in dillontown

    Baseball life in Dillontown Tom Gallagher lives in a town with a historical baseball field. One of Tom¿s friends, an old man named Doc owns a whole bunch of land in and around the town. The mayor offers to buy Doc¿s land for six million dollars. If Doc sold his land to the mayor they would turn the baseball field into a lake and they would make a golf course and a bunch of fancy little houses that a bunch of rich snobs would live in. Tom and his friend don¿t want the town to change. Doc comes to the decision that if the Dillontown team can beat their rival baseball camp the town will stay the same. If Dillontown looses, then the mayor gets to do what he wants with the town... The beginning of this book was kind of slow and boring, but after a few chapters the book speeds up and gets better. I like how the town in this book has so many legends and stories about baseball. If you like baseball and its legends then you should read this book. If you like this book or baseball books then you will like a lot of John Ritter¿s other books because, he writes a lot of stories. There is only one bad thing about this book the author sometimes replaces English words with Spanish words. He does this because the book takes please around Mexico where some people still talk some Spanish. It can be confusing sometimes but you ca figure it out after a while. Overall this tells a good story about baseball and how much people in one small town like it. Since the town in this book is mostly centered on baseball the book always stays interesting. There are always new kinds of characters in this book with all kinds of different characteristics. You will enjoy this book if you read it.

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