Shadow Ball: An Illustrated History of the Negro Leagues

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Gr 4-6A series of books arising from the PBS documentary ``Baseball.'' Although not as comprehensive as Patricia and Fredrick McKissack's The Black Diamond (Scholastic, 1994), Shadow Ball chronicles the history of the Negro Leagues and gives a good overview of this important and sad part of baseball's story. 25 Great Moments provides one or two page synopses of some of the most legendary events and moments from baseball's past, ranging from the first game in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1846 to Joe Carter's Series-winning home run in 1993. Who Invented the Game? has a misleading title since it deals with far more than merely the origins of baseball. In fact, each chapter of this book is a summary of an episode of the television series. Thus, it provides a condensed history of the game. In each of the books, the layout and photographs are excellent and the index is comprehensive. They all have some worthwhile elements, but they seem to have been produced simply as spin-offs of the documentary. With better and more substanial books in most collections, these titles are serviceable additions.Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
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