The Chicago White Sox

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Sports author Mark Stewart brings the spirit and tradition of the Chicago White Sox to life for young baseball fans. Using the team's rich history and memorabilia, he creates an engaging story that transforms readers into instant experts. Content consultant James L. Gates, Jr. offers his historical expertise, enhancing a fun story about a great baseball team. Read The Chicago White Sox to learn these interesting facts and more about the team: The White Sox won the first American League pennant. The White Sox were...
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Overview

Sports author Mark Stewart brings the spirit and tradition of the Chicago White Sox to life for young baseball fans. Using the team's rich history and memorabilia, he creates an engaging story that transforms readers into instant experts. Content consultant James L. Gates, Jr. offers his historical expertise, enhancing a fun story about a great baseball team. Read The Chicago White Sox to learn these interesting facts and more about the team: The White Sox won the first American League pennant. The White Sox were visited by "Martians" in 1959. The White Sox wore uniforms with shorts. The White Sox had a 16-year-old pitcher and 57-year-old hitter.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - John D. Orsborn
Winning the first American League Pennant in 1901 is not what most baseball fans and even historians focus on. It is the disgrace put upon the team in 1919 by eight White Sox players who conspired with gamblers to throw the World Series. Movies and books abound to tell the story of this moment in baseball history. Author Mark Stewart does not gloss over this moment in White Sox memory, nor does he dwell on it. Winning the 2005 World Series is how the Sox will be remembered in recent history. As with other books in the "Team Spirit" series, the author writes not only about the players but about the stadiums and the sport itself. For many younger readers the many but varied sections will keep them interested in the story of this interesting team. Numerous photographs do an excellent job of enhancing the information provided within the text. A good addition to any library nonfiction collection.
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
It is always baseball season, as Stewart (sports enthusiast and collector of baseball memorabilia) explores White Sox history, games, and players in the "Team Spirit" series for young fans. The team joined the American League in 1901 as the Chicago White Stockings (soon reduced to Sox by newspapers), but shared fan loyalty with another Chicago team, the Cubs. After winning World Championships in 1906 and 1917, the Sox, despite some talented players, never seemed able to win again. Finally, in 2005, they captured a World Series, delighting fans on Chicago's South Side. For 81 years, the team played at Comiskey Park; today, they inhabit a "U.S. Cellular Field" nearby. The Sox have had many uniforms, but always in black and white (some red added recently), including a spell of black socks and even shorts. Brief biographies introduce legendary players like spitball-pitcher Ed Walsh, Ray Schalk (changing the way catchers play), and All-Star pitcher Billy Pierce; more recent stars include pitcher Mark Buehrle and power-hitter Paul Konerko. Among White Sox managers, Stewart nominates Al Lopez, who led the team to nine winning seasons, as the greatest. Special features include a focus on one amazing game in 1955 (when the Sox scored twenty-nine runs to Kansas City's six), memorable incidents from the White Sox's past, and team spirit, symbolized by a festive confetti parade in 2005 and a vintage window sticker from Stewart's collection. Packed with color photos and old-time memorabilia, the book is enhanced by a White Sox timeline, Fun Facts, and upbeat quotations from team stars. Avid fans will enjoy a spread of statistics and "Extra Innings," instructions for locating a web page that will keep them up to date on Chicago doings. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599534770
  • Publisher: Norwood House Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 713,229
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Meet the White Sox     4
Way Back When     6
The Team Today     10
Home Turf     12
Dressed For Success     14
We Won!     16
Go-To Guys     20
On the Sidelines     24
One Great Day     26
Legend Has It     28
It Really Happened     30
Team Spirit     32
Timeline     34
Fun Facts     36
Talking Baseball     38
For the Record     40
Pinpoints     42
Play Ball     44
Glossary     46
Places to Go     47
Index     48
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  • Posted July 30, 2014

    This is a children's book designed to give a very high level int

    This is a children's book designed to give a very high level introduction to the history of a long-running baseball team. In my opinion, it succeeds – the vocabulary is simple without being insulting.  As might be expected, the book has wonderful photographs scattered throughout.  I hope it not only informs and entertains, but inspires its readers to learn more about baseball and its history.

    RATING: 4 stars

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