Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza

by Nick Friedman

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Baseball dominated Mike Piazza's childhood in Pennsylvania. His father built a batting cage in the family's backyard to help Piazza improve his Little League play. Tommy Lasorda, his father's hometown friend, arranged for teenaged Piazza to serve as batboy when the Los Angeles Dodgers played in Philadelphia. Baseball great Ted Williams visited Piazza at home, sharing batting suggestions. A talented hitter for his Phoenixville Area High School baseball team, Piazza briefly played for two Miami, Florida, college teams before Lasorda arranged for the Dodgers to pick Piazza in the sixty-second round of the June 1988 draft. Specializing as a catcher, Piazza started minor league play in 1989 then advanced to major league games three years later. His superb performances in the 1993 season secured Piazza the National League Rookie of the Year title. In 1998 the Dodgers traded Piazza to the Florida Marlins who then traded him to the New York Mets. By 2006, Piazza played for the San Diego Padres before joining the Oakland Athletics the next season, which this book does not discuss. This biography mentions Piazza's interaction with children impacted by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Additional resources include sidebars, Piazza's major league statistics through 2006, a time line, glossary, and photographs. The bibliography includes an age-inappropriate source in Playboy. No references for quotations included in the text. Part of "Baseball Superstars" series. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer

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Publication date:
Baseball Superstars Series
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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