The Boy Who Saved Baseball

The Boy Who Saved Baseball

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by John Ritter
     
 

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Tom Gallagher finds himself in a tight spot. The fate of Dillontown rests on the outcome of one baseball game, winner take all. And it's all because Tom had to open his big mouth. If only he could get Dante Del Gato-the greatest hitter to ever play the game-to coach the team. But crazy ol' Del Gato hasn't spoken to folks in years, not after walking away from the game

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Tom Gallagher finds himself in a tight spot. The fate of Dillontown rests on the outcome of one baseball game, winner take all. And it's all because Tom had to open his big mouth. If only he could get Dante Del Gato-the greatest hitter to ever play the game-to coach the team. But crazy ol' Del Gato hasn't spoken to folks in years, not after walking away from the game in disgrace just before his team played in its first World Series. Maybe Tom has one more hope: Cruz de la Cruz, the mysterious boy who just rode into town on horseback claiming to know the secret of hitting. Not to mention the secrets of Del Gato . . .

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Enthralling . . . filled with memorable moments."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A baseball tale of legendary dimension . . . another stellar read."—Booklist, starred review

"This tale is peppered with both optimism and dilemmas; it has plenty of play-by-play action, lots of humor, and a triumphant ending."—School Library Journal

"Readers will relate to the themes of overcoming reticence, the drive to meet an impossible challenge, and the thrill of growing into a team."—Children's Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101200469
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/17/2005
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
328,888
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
File size:
413 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher

Enthralling . . . filled with memorable moments. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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

Meet the Author

John Ritter has written many novels and numerous short stories for Young Adult readers. His first novel, Choosing Up Sides, published in 1998, won the 1999 International Reading Association Children’s Book Award for Older Readers and was designated an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. Kirkus Reviews praised Choosing Up Sides, which attacked the once-prevalent views of religious fundamentalists toward left-handed children, as, “No ordinary baseball book, this is a rare first novel.”  In 2004 Ritter received the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People for his third novel, The Boy Who Saved Baseball.

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Boy Who Saved Baseball 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
NickStSauveur More than 1 year ago
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!
Strosnider1999 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To many words and to many pages................................................
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Master ball res one.
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rubberducky53 More than 1 year ago
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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Brandon Lum More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
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Edward Harry More than 1 year ago
it is a pretty good book for people who like baseball
yankeesLC More than 1 year ago
_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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brtvog More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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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Natedog More than 1 year ago
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.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sport books and excitement.
I enjoyed this book and I believe you will too.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.