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Kirby Puckett's Baseball Games
     

Kirby Puckett's Baseball Games

by Kirby Puckett, Paul Meisel, Andrew Gutelle
 

Illustrated by Paul Meisel. With his solid work ethic, knowledge of baseball, and contagious enthusiasm, Kirby Puckett's an inspiration to everyone on his team--a team that's just been expanded to include every six- to nine-year-old who plays the game. Kerby Puckett s Baseball Games is an illustrated book about learning and improving basic baseball skills

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Illustrated by Paul Meisel. With his solid work ethic, knowledge of baseball, and contagious enthusiasm, Kirby Puckett's an inspiration to everyone on his team--a team that's just been expanded to include every six- to nine-year-old who plays the game. Kerby Puckett s Baseball Games is an illustrated book about learning and improving basic baseball skills through 34 great games, no-frills drills, and insider instruction from Kirby. These are the fundamentals. There's hitting, including how to pick the right bat, how to find a comfortable grip, how to swing for the fence, or lay down the perfect bunt. Running, with games like Speed Tag, Rundown, Capture the Glove, and Base Burglar. Fielding, with Kirby's Gold Glove tips (he won six of them). And 15 games and drills to teach throwing and pitching basics--which kids will be able to do using the baseball that's packaged with the book. It's a "soft-hit" Puckett practice ball that is custom-printed with lefty and righty grips for the basic overhand pitch. With baseball rules, scoring basics, baseball talk--and Kirby Puckett's veteran insights and words of encouragement all along the way--it's an all-star guide. 126,000 copies in print.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
In this attempt to create an easy to follow and fun instructional guide to baseball for kids, the authors have been most successful. One of the co-authors is the former big leaguer Kirby Puckett, one of baseball's most prominent players, whose career was cut short recently by glaucoma. This book contains tips for kids to follow if they want to learn the finer points of the game, including bunting, pitching, throwing, batting and fielding. Instructional information is accompanied by descriptions of various helpful drills and games that kids can play to help them become more comfortable with a bat, glove and ball. A soft, child-friendly practice baseball is included with the book with markings indicating where a child's fingers should be placed to throw the ball properly. There are also entertaining trivia tidbits featuring some of the game's achievements, personalities and oddities. While there is much to recommend here, perhaps the book's best feature is its tone. Unlike many instructional guides, it is written in a style that kids can understand and relate to, even including information about how to choose up sides for a playground game.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761101550
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/04/1996
Edition description:
BK&ACCES
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 12.75(h) x 2.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Andrew Gutelle has written for Reading Rainbow and Sports Illustrated for Kids.

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