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Children's LiteratureBaseball is like life. You win some and you lose some, but it all depends on attitude whether you stay in the game or drop out. Ray Tucker was a rookie, a nobody from a small Connecticut farm that played field ball. Then, one day while he was pitching, a professional scout spotted him and brought him to spring practice and the big leagues. With help from a veteran catcher, he scored big in his first season. When pain seized his "salary arm" after an accident in the locker room showers, Ray was put on the bench. The reporters were relentless, but he hung in there, started fielding balls and hitting base runs and homers. When he got in a slump and started feeling sorry for himself, his hitting went downhill. His mentor and friend said to concentrate on connecting with the ball; When you think only of yourself and how many homers you hit, the team suffers. Baseball, like life, is a team sport where all players are needed and dependent on each other. Through injuries and failures, team camaraderie and successes, this book contains life's lessons and will appeal to kids if they are also baseball fans. 1989 (orig. 1940), Odyssey Classics/Harcourt, Ages 10 to adult.
—Janet L. Rose