Greatest Story Never Told: The Babe and Jackie

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Skippy and Connor don't like each other. In fact, each of them wants a new roommate because the other is too "different." Stuck in the hospital with serious illnesses, the boys get a surprise visit from Ray, a Yankee batboy who whisks them away on a magical journey back in time to meet the legendary Babe Ruth. The adventure doesn't stop there, as the Bambino takes them to see baseball hero Jackie Robinson play at Ebbets Field. Along the way, the Babe and Jackie share some unforgettable lessons with their young ...

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Overview

Skippy and Connor don't like each other. In fact, each of them wants a new roommate because the other is too "different." Stuck in the hospital with serious illnesses, the boys get a surprise visit from Ray, a Yankee batboy who whisks them away on a magical journey back in time to meet the legendary Babe Ruth. The adventure doesn't stop there, as the Bambino takes them to see baseball hero Jackie Robinson play at Ebbets Field. Along the way, the Babe and Jackie share some unforgettable lessons with their young friends about baseball, friendship, and accepting others' differences.

Ray Negron and Laura Seeley, the New York Times bestselling team from the boy of steel, have hit another home run with The Greatest Story Never Told: The Babe and Jackie, a touching story inspired by real events related to Ray by Babe Ruth's granddaughter.

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This slight story makes some heavy-handed points about overcoming racism and adversity. It begins with two young patients of different races who have been forced to share a hospital room. Skippy has cancer and Connor has diabetes, and they both want another roommate. They are awakened from naps by Batboy Ray, who whisks them back in time to meet Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson. The athletes spout truisms about getting along with others, being a team player, and never giving up. The boys also encounter a teenaged Roberto Clemente; Negron's real-life mentor, George Steinbrenner; and Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang. Soon the boys are the best of friends. This unoriginal tale clumsily uses two of baseball's greatest heroes to hammer home its obvious points; the weak story sinks under the weight of its overbearing message.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061471612
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Negron

Ray Negron is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Boy of Steel and The Greatest Story Never Told: The Babe and Jackie. He currently works with the New York Yankees as a personal consultant to George Steinbrenner. In addition, he is also director of community relations for Spalding, America's oldest baseball company.

He lives in Florida with his four children.

Laura seeley is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Boy of Steel and The Greatest Story Never Told: The Babe and Jackie. She has written and illustrated many books, including The Book of ShadowBoxes and The Magical Moonballs. Several of her books and illustrations have won awards. She lives in San Francisco with her cats, Basil, Ebi, and Fig.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    Great Childrens book about baseball, tolerance and unexpected friendships formed

    My eight year old loved this story. Not only because of is love of baseball...More importantly, it teaches a lesson on how unexpected friendships can be formed when you don't put judgement on others. The story is sensitively written for children even though the subject deals with illness in children and adults

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