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Mickey and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series)

Mickey and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series)

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by Dan Gutman

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Joe Stoshack's dad has been in a car accident! When Stosh visits him in the hospital, his dad tells him about the great Mickey Mantle and an unfortunate fall in Yankee Stadium that changed Mantle's career. "I've been thinking about it for a long time. Go back to 1951. You can warn him. You're the only one who can do it," Dad whispers.

So while baby-sitting


Joe Stoshack's dad has been in a car accident! When Stosh visits him in the hospital, his dad tells him about the great Mickey Mantle and an unfortunate fall in Yankee Stadium that changed Mantle's career. "I've been thinking about it for a long time. Go back to 1951. You can warn him. You're the only one who can do it," Dad whispers.

So while baby-sitting his younger cousin, Samantha, Stosh sits down with a baseball card in hand, ready to travel through time. But when he opens his eyes, he's not in Yankee Stadium -- he's in Milwaukee on June 8, 1944. Stosh is seven years early and in the wrong town. What has gone wrong?

You'll be on the edge of your seatfor Joe Stoshacks fifth amazingbaseball card adventure!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Shoeless Joe and Me author Dan Gutman presents Mickey & Me, the fifth installment in the Baseball Card Adventure series, in which Joe Stoshak travels back to 1951 and meets Mickey Mantle. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Firmly holding a baseball card in one hand, Joe Stoshack, travels back in time. The problem is, he doesn't go back to the right time or the right place. Instead of going back to help Mickey Mantle avoid having a fall in a game in 1951, Joe finds himself in Milwaukee in the summer of 1944. Worst of all, he is in the middle of a team of girls! The team is the Milwaukee Chicks of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, and instead of Mickey Mantle, Joe is with Mickey Maguire. Not being the kind of boy to get discouraged for long, Joe makes the best of an unfortunate situation. Joe soon realizes that the team is made up of very brave, hardworking, and talented young women. He learns not only about that period in world and baseball history, but also about himself. With occasional black and white photographs and a "Facts and Fictions" section at the back, this wonderful book transports the reader to a different era, a time when the United States was facing a war and all its repercussions. This is one of the books in the "Baseball Card Adventure" series. 2003, HarperCollins,
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Gutman has hit on a winning concept, combining sports, time travel, and historical fiction. Joe Stoshack has the remarkable ability to travel back in time using baseball cards. In this fifth book in the series, which stands on its own, Joe's father requests that his son go back to 1951 to stop Mickey Mantle from being hurt in a game. Unfortunately, as Joe is fading into the past, his cousin takes the Mickey Mantle card and replaces it with a Dorothy "Mickey" Maguire card and Joe ends up in 1944, dressed in a chicken suit, playing the role of a mascot for the Milwaukee Chicks. Boys especially will laugh at and identify with the scenes of Joe in a women's locker room and his attraction to Merle Keagle, the Chicks' Blond Bombshell. The chapter in which he meets 13-year-old Mickey Mantle on a train is a stretch, but Gutman gently teaches about women in baseball and World War II and its effects on the home front. Photographs of players and newspaper headlines add realism to the story. A final chapter offers explanations about what is factual and what is fictional in the book. Interested readers can get more information about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from the organization's Web site and from reading one of several books Gutman lists as resources.-Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Joe Stoshack, known as Stosh, has a special gift. Just by holding a historic baseball card, he can travel back in time to interact with the player on that card. In previous adventures he has met Honus Wagner, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, and Shoeless Joe Jackson. This time, however, there’s a bit of a twist. His father has been severely injured in a car accident. Although barely conscious, he tells Joe that he has assured his future education by acquiring a Mickey Mantle Rookie card worth $75,000. He also suggests that much of the pain and "what ifs" regarding Mantle’s career could be eliminated if Joe could travel back to the 1951 World Series to prevent an injury that permanently affected Mantle’s knees. That’s the plan, but a last-minute card switch by Joe’s little cousin sends him to the wrong year, the wrong league, and the wrong Mickey. It is D-Day 1944 and he is in the clubhouse of the Milwaukee Chicks of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, where he meets their star catcher Mickey Maguire. What an eye opener for Joe. He sees the dedication that spurs these talented women to accept ridiculous restrictions in order to play the game they love. Forced to wear skirted uniforms that cannot protect them from painful bruises, faced with fines for failing to wear lipstick during games, they manage a level of excellence that amazes Joe, who has always believed that girls could not play baseball. He also witnesses their courage as they wait for news about loved ones fighting in the war, as well as their underlying guilt because they also know that the end of the war and the return of the men will mean an end to their baseball careers, and "back to the kitchen." Like Gutman’sprevious works (Shoeless Joe and Me, 2002, etc.) in the series, the plot is teaming with baseball action, photographs, news clippings, a strong sense of time and place filled with sharp insights, and subplots involving Joe and his own problems and emotional growth. In an afterword, elements of fact and fiction are carefully separated and some fascinating information about the AAGPBL and its players are added. A thoroughly entertaining mix of fantasy, baseball, and history. (Fiction 10-12)

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Mickey & Me
A Baseball Card Adventure

Chapter One

The Last Request

"Your father has been in a car accident."

I almost didn't hear the words. Or, if I heard them, I chose not to believe them. "Did you hear me, Joey? I said your father has been in a car accident."

She used to call him "your dad." After they got divorced a few years ago, she switched to calling him "your father." My mom's voice came over the phone with a seriousness and urgency that I wasn't used to hearing.

Before the phone rang, I had been rushing to put on my Little League uniform. Running late, I was trying to jam my legs into my pants with my spikes on. I stopped.

"Is he okay?" I asked.

"He's alive," Mom replied. "That's all they told me."

"Was he drunk?" Dad always liked his beer, sometimes a little too much, I thought.

"I don't know."

"Was it his fault?"

"I don't know."

"Was he wearing a seat belt? You know the way he hates -- "

"I don't know," my mother replied, cutting me off in mid-sentence. "Joey, listen to me carefully. I need to go pick up Aunt Liz and your cousin Samantha. I'll take them to the University of Louisville Hospital. You know where that is. I need you to ride your bike over there. I'll meet you at the emergency room waiting area. Have you got that?"

"I got it."

"Repeat it back to me."

"I got it, Mom."

"Take your baseball glove and stuff with you. You can go straight to your game." "Okay."

"I'll be at the hospital as soon as I can."

When I hung up the phone, it was like I wasin a trance. My game that afternoon -- probably our most important game of the season -- didn't matter much anymore. It's funny how something can seem so important, and then something else comes along that turns your whole world upside down and you feel silly for being worried about the first thing. Just a silly baseball game.

I never expected my dad to live forever, of course. But he wasn't even forty years old! For the first time in my life, the thought seriously crossed my mind that he could die and I would have no father.

Mechanically, I finished putting on my Yellow Jackets uniform jersey, went downstairs, locked up the house, and hopped on my bike. The University of Louisville Hospital was two miles away. I didn't bother taking my bat or glove with me. There was no way I could play ball today.

The emergency room at the hospital had no bike rack. I dropped my bike on the grass by the front door and ran inside. My mother wasn't there yet. When I told the lady at the reception desk that my dad's name was Bill Stoshack, she directed me to Room 114 down the hall. It took a few minutes to find it.

"Your father is a very lucky man," I was told by a tall doctor in blue scrubs.

Dad didn't look very lucky to me. He was unconscious and had tubes running in and out of him, and all kinds of machines were beeping around the bed. His face was banged up and bandaged so I could barely recognize him.

"Is he gonna be okay?" I asked. I felt tears welling up in my eyes but fought them off.

"We hope so," the doctor said. "We won't know with certainty for a couple of days, after the swelling goes down."

My father was not drunk. But the driver of the car that hit him was, according to the doctor. It had been a horrific head-on crash a few blocks from where my dad worked as a machine operator in downtown Louisville. Several other cars had been involved in the collision, and a bunch of people were hurt.

"We believe your father had a subdural hematoma," the doctor told me. "It's a blood clot between the skull and the brain. If he hadn't been wearing a seat belt, he would be dead for sure."

That was a shock to me. My dad always hated the seat belt law. He said it took away people's


An emergency operation had already been performed to drain fluid from inside my dad's skull, the doctor told me. There could be other problems. Dad was being given painkillers and drugs through an IV tube. A male nurse came into the room.

"He has been going in and out of consciousness," the doctor told us both as he made his way toward the door. "Don't be alarmed if he wakes up and says something that doesn't make sense. That's just the drugs talking. I need to check on some other patients, but I'll be back shortly."

I pulled up a chair next to the bed and leaned my head close to Dad's until I could hear him breathing softly.

"He'll be in good hands here," the nurse told me. I ignored him. What else was he going to say -- It looks like your father is going to die any minute?

I took Dad's hand in mine. It was totally limp. He didn't squeeze my fingers at all, the way he usually did. But he opened his eyes.

"You okay, Dad?"

"Butch," he said quietly. He always called me Butch. "C'mere. . . . I need . . . to . . . tell . . . you . . . something."

I leaned closer.

"Mickey . . . Mantle," he whispered.

"Is your father a baseball fan?" the nurse asked.

"Yankee fan," I corrected him. "He loves the Yanks. What about Mickey Mantle, Dad?"

"His . . . card," Dad said. He was struggling to get each word out. "The . . . rookie . . . card."

I knew exactly what he meant. Mickey Mantle's 1951 rookie card was the most valuable card printed since World War II. It was worth more than $75,000. My dad had started me collecting baseball cards when I was little, and he taught me just about everything I knew about the hobby.

Mickey & Me
A Baseball Card Adventure
. Copyright (c) by Dan Gutman . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Dan Gutman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Genius Files series. He is also the author of the Baseball Card Adventure series, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world, and the My Weird School series, which has sold more than 10 million copies.

Thanks to his many fans who voted in their classrooms, Dan has received nineteen state book awards and ninety-two state book award nominations. He lives in New York City with his wife, Nina. You can visit him online at www.dangutman.com.

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Mickey and Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well im a girl who loves baseball and i especially love this book most of all out oof th series. I highly vreccomend it to kids who dont read very often and would rather play sports.
Mona143 More than 1 year ago
What a great story and little history lesson at the same time. This kids book has gotten me hooked on the series by Dan Gutman. Whether you like baseball or not, this is still a great story and you learn something about the happenings during World War II and the desire to keep baseball alive. A great story for girls as well as this as you think the story would be about Mickey Mantle and it takes a turn about a female baseball player. I recommend this book/series to all our friends, especially for our baseball team. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not good for kids it talks about bad things DO NOT BUY!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not appropriate for a 3rd grader. My son choose it because he loves baseball and thought it was about Mickey Mantle. It isn't really about Mantle at all and there were too many sexual undertones for me to let him even finish the book. Very disappointing.  
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This book Is the best
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Mickey and Me is a happy, sad, tragic, shocking, and exciting book. I love it. I recommend it to baseball fans and or people into history. Awesome12344, I know you would love this book! Great read!! (Check out Awesome12344 and cat_swim156's other book comments!)
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Great book
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Great book recomend it for kids who love sports history
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Awesome book!!!!
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Daniel Burchsted More than 1 year ago
It is about a travel to a grils baseball insted of mickey mantle
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