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"Easy there," came the voice. "If you’re fixin’ to throw somethin’, at least let me get my mitt on." CHIEF SUNRISE, JOHN McGRAW, AND ME is a middle-grade baseball story featuring an all-American kid head-over-heels in love with the game. On the run from his abusive dad, Hank joins forces with an ace Seminole Indian pitcher who’s determined to break into the big leagues. Together they go in search of the big time: playing for the New York Giants during their 1919 season. The pair’s picaresque adventures take them...
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"Easy there," came the voice. "If you’re fixin’ to throw somethin’, at least let me get my mitt on." CHIEF SUNRISE, JOHN McGRAW, AND ME is a middle-grade baseball story featuring an all-American kid head-over-heels in love with the game. On the run from his abusive dad, Hank joins forces with an ace Seminole Indian pitcher who’s determined to break into the big leagues. Together they go in search of the big time: playing for the New York Giants during their 1919 season. The pair’s picaresque adventures take them from Florida to New York, where nineteen-year-old Chief makes a believer of the Giants’ famed manager, John McGraw, and Hank gets to experience life as a bat boy.
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Gr 5-9-In this fast-paced baseball yarn, Hank Cobb, 15, is leading a vagabond existence with his abusive alcoholic father in 1919. When the man gets in trouble again, Hank hops a freight train, but refuses to help his father climb aboard. Inside the boxcar he meets Chief Sunrise, a 19-year-old who introduces himself as "the greatest Indian to ever step on a baseball diamond." The two hit it off and begin a series of adventures together as Chief seeks to meet up with Giants' manager John McGraw. After they arrive in New York, Chief earns a tryout with the team and is hired as a starting pitcher and Hank wins a place as gofer. As the season progresses, Hank eventually discovers Chief's secret: he is actually part African American, passing as a Native American to evade baseball's color line. Tocher presents a deft blend of baseball lore and fiction, and an author's note provides more background on the time period and the real-life figures upon which the characters are based. His treatment of issues of prejudice is sensitive yet the tone remains upbeat. Though discrimination and racial unrest are evident throughout, Chief's motivation is simply to prove that he can compete in the major leagues. The main characters are engaging and the game scenes are particularly vivid. Fans of Dan Gutman's "Baseball Card Adventure" series (HarperCollins) and Walter Dean Myers's The Journal of Biddy Owens (Scholastic, 2001) will welcome this well-written, enjoyable novel.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Hank Cobb runs away from an abusive, dangerous father. Hank plans to try out for the New York Giants and their legendary manager, John McGraw. While sneaking a ride in a train's boxcar, he meets another hopeful ballplayer who calls himself Chief Sunrise and claims to be a Seminole Indian. When they finally connect with McGraw, Chief gets his chance and makes the most of it. Hank becomes a batboy and good-luck charm. Hank's father reappears and attempts to blackmail Chief into throwing games. Chief is really Charlie Burns, an African-American who could never play in the big leagues if his heritage were known. Tocher deftly mixes facts with fiction to create a well-constructed tale with strong characters. He is scrupulous in his use of era-appropriate slang and syntax and carefully remains true to time and place in all details. An author's note further explains the racial climate of 1919 as it was reflected in baseball. Engaging and engrossing. (Historical fiction. 10-12)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780812627114
  • Publisher: Cricket Books
  • Publication date: 5/10/2004
  • Pages: 168
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    Chief Sunrise, Victorious Again

    This historical fiction novel by Timothy Tocher takes place in the early 1900's when the main character Hank is faced with a difficuilt decision.When 15 year old Hank and his father are being shot at Hank must decide to pull his father into a box car he jumped into.His decision was no.Once Hank was in the box car there was an indian in the corner named Chief Sunrise. Chief Sunrise was a outstanding baseball player.Once Hank made a strong friendship with Chief Sunrise, Chief decided he wanted to make a journey with Hank to try out for the Giants, a baseball team.I enjoyed reading this book because I am a baseball fan and this book shows how baseball can change your life.This book taught me to trust only yourself.I believe if you enjoy baseball and are between the ages of 9 and 12 you will enjoy this book as much as I did.

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