El Duque: The Story of Orlando Hernandez

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With all its incredible heroes, baseball has never seen a player like Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez. From humble beginnings, El Duque rose to fame in his native Cuba as one of the best pitchers ever. But suddenly his baseball career was over. Fearing he would flee the country, the Cuban government banned him from baseball for life.

Rather than be forced to watch from the sidelines, El Duque and seven other friends and players boarded a rickety ...
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Overview

With all its incredible heroes, baseball has never seen a player like Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez. From humble beginnings, El Duque rose to fame in his native Cuba as one of the best pitchers ever. But suddenly his baseball career was over. Fearing he would flee the country, the Cuban government banned him from baseball for life.

Rather than be forced to watch from the sidelines, El Duque and seven other friends and players boarded a rickety boat and made a dangerous journey through shark-infested waters to freedom. After being shipwrecked for days on a deserted island, El Duque finally made it to American shores — and a starting spot with the world-famous New York Yankees! A star pitcher in the 1998 World Series, El Duque enjoyed one of the best rookie seasons in the history of the Major Leagues — and his inspiring story is just beginning...

Presents a biography of the New York Yankees pitcher who defected from Cuba in a wooden fishing boat after achieving great success on the Cuban national team and earning the respected nickname "El Duque."

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Children's Literature - Tracy Defina
Orlando, El Duque, Hernandez led the New York Yankees to victory in the 1998 World Series. His story is unlike any other. A rookie from Cuba, El Duque risked his life for the game he loves and his freedom. He'd been banned from playing in Cuba for fear of his fleeing. The story of his escape will thrill young readers. Hearing of the sacrifices he made, including being near his family, will leave readers both appreciative and in awe of this young star. His talent is among the best as we know from his quick rise in Cuba to the top. But it isn't fame and fortune that drive this young star. Not until his family is reunited to celebrate in New York after the 1998 World Series, is El Duque satisfied. This is a moving and inspiring biography of a true hero.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375801976
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/16/1999
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.11 (w) x 7.53 (h) x 0.29 (d)

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