Keystone Kids

Keystone Kids

by John Roberts Tunis
     
 

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When two young brothers join the Brooklyn Dodgers, one becomes team manager and must battle dissension and prejudice to unite the team and convince the players to accept the new Jewish catcher.See more details below

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When two young brothers join the Brooklyn Dodgers, one becomes team manager and must battle dissension and prejudice to unite the team and convince the players to accept the new Jewish catcher.

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Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
Spike and Bob Russell are baseball-playing brothers, toiling in the minor leagues. While playing for the Nashville Volunteers, they get the call they've been dreaming about--a promotion to the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Major Leagues. But their excitement proves short-lived as they are embroiled in a contretemps surrounding Brooklyn's new Jewish catcher, Jocko Klein. This excellent story, with a subplot of prejudice, discrimination, and their ultimate resolution, written by perhaps the foremost children's sports author of his generation, is sure to captivate young readers. The author ably describes day to day life among professional baseball players, painting an accurate picture of clubhouse and team dynamics. This book is set in the late 1940s so the author's discussion of that era's low salaries and the banter of his characters can seem dated to contemporary readers. The prejudice faced by Klein and Tunis' description of his teammates' bias against "cowardly" Jews may also be odd to today's readers. However, this and other idiosyncrasies of the 1940s should prove to be a bonus, helping today's sports fans appreciate the way baseball and society used to be. With excellent characterizations and crisp prose, this book has much to offer. 1987, (orig.
Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
"Will prejudice cost the team the season?" asks the cover. Will the crackerjack Jewish catcher be stomped into the mud by ignorant teammates? Will the Brooklyn Dodgers pull out of their self-satisfied slump? Will the new rookie manager, (especially when his brother—the other Keystone Kid—turns against him), curb the team's petty jealousies and meld them into a winning force again? Or will he be the one who ends up biting the dust? And who else will be hurt in the process? Baseball fans will eat up Tunis's well-loved classic as he paints gritty portraits of players at a time when life was not an easy ride to millionaire status for the youngsters who made the game. This paperback reprint of the original 1943 bestseller is still an exciting read and will be an eye-opener for youngsters disillusioned with the seamy antics of some of today's baseball heroes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606044608
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/1990
Series:
Baseball Diamonds Ser.

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