The Greatest Baseball Records


From Cal Ripken's 2,632 consecutive games played to the 26 World Series Titles of the New York Yankees, sports are filled with amazing individual and team records. Explore the details of each achievement with historic photos and tables of stats.

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From Cal Ripken's 2,632 consecutive games played to the 26 World Series Titles of the New York Yankees, sports are filled with amazing individual and team records. Explore the details of each achievement with historic photos and tables of stats.

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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
The sport of baseball probably holds the record for the most records and statistics kept in a game. Things like "Joltin'Joe" DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak back in 1941, which has never been broken, and Cal Ripken's 2,632 consecutive games are discussed, along with the most home runs and the most league championships records. As do all the books in this "Sports Records" series, this book of baseball records starts with a brief history of the game in Chapter One. Chapter Two gives records for baseball's greatest players. The second most "consecutive games with a hit" record belongs to Pete Rose, who hitting streak lasted 44 games during 1978. Rose also boasts the record for career hits (4,256). The thing I find amazing is most of the records were set decades ago. The most recent record is Ichiro Suzuki's 262 hits for the Seattle Mariners during the 2004 season. Unfortunately, some of the record setters have the taint of steroids on them. Still, their records are impressive, and most of the record holders with the taint are the home-run hitters. Here is a record for you: in 1988, Orel Hershiser had 59 consecutive shut-out innings. Can you imagine pitching so well you give up absolutely no runs for 59 innings in a row? Other pitching records are most strikeouts in a season (Nolan Ryan, 383) and a career (Nolan Ryan, 5,714); most saves in a season (Bobby Thigpen, 57) and a career (Trevor Hoffman, 524); and most career wins (Cy Young, 511). What the book does not address are the changes in the game, such as the lowering of the pitcher's mound, which have an effect on the statistics. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429620055
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Sports Records Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 924,767
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.
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Table of Contents

Play Ball!     4
Baseball's Greatest Players     8
Baseball's Greatest Teams     16
Baseball's Wildest Records     22
Glossary     30
Read More     31
Internet Sites     31
Index     32
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