The Good Guys of Baseball: Sixteen True Sports Stories

The Good Guys of Baseball: Sixteen True Sports Stories

by Terry Egan, Mike Levine, Stan Friedmann, Kerry Egan
     
 
These are the good guys of baseball. They don't all break records; some don't even make it to the big leagues. But they all play the game the way it was meant to be played, and they remind us why it's our game, too.
Ken Griffey Jr.--a home-run hitter who never forgot that baseball is a game, that playing it is fun.
Hideo Nomo--the new kid in town--a pitcher

Overview

These are the good guys of baseball. They don't all break records; some don't even make it to the big leagues. But they all play the game the way it was meant to be played, and they remind us why it's our game, too.
Ken Griffey Jr.--a home-run hitter who never forgot that baseball is a game, that playing it is fun.
Hideo Nomo--the new kid in town--a pitcher from Japan with a fastball that sails past the toughest hitters in the National League.
Cal Ripken--who played his record-breaking 2,131st game the way he played his first--as if baseball were the best game in the world.
Frank Thomas. Kirby Puckett. Jim Abbott. Manny Ramirez. And many others, in sixteen true stories that celebrate the heroes of baseball.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Charlie Wyman
Several of these sixteen players have names that most baseball fans will recognize, others are less well known, but all of them are people who have heart, care about the game and others. They all worked very hard to achieve success. Some broke racial barriers such as the three Alous brothers who were the only ones to ever play together in one major-league outfield, others inspired and fired up their teams. The stories are personal, inspirational, and interesting.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Sixteen stories celebrating hard work and dedication to the game. Admirable behavior on and off the playing field is acknowledged in such well-known players as Cal Ripkin, Jr., Ken Griffey, Jr., and Hideo Nomo, as well as in individuals not usually mentioned in baseball books such as Joe Ausanio, Manny Ramirez, and Steve Palermo. Not all were playersDon Wardlow and Jim Lucas became a sportscaster team even though Wardlow was blind. Because three different authors have contributed to this collection, the selections are written in different styles, making the reading uneven. Many chapters, such as those on Kirby Puckett and Mo Vaughn, contain fictionalized dialogue. On the other hand, these stories point out the outstanding morals and character of many involved with the game, showing courage under adversity. A full-page, black-and-white photo appears in almost every chapter. The list for further reading suggests recent titles. Librarians can use this compilation to supplement sports stories in their collection.Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
What could have been a three-run homer ends up a strikeout in this disappointing collective biography of contemporary players, managers, and teams from the collaborators behind The Macmillan Book of Baseball Stories (1993).

While their hearts are definitely in the right place (not just in the matter of baseball—they also sing the praises of librarians and dwell on the joys of research), the authors let their fans down with clichéd phrasing—"When Mo [Vaughn] talked, they listened. He spoke the language of hope"; obvious didacticism—"You need talent. You need hard work. And you need a little luck"; and sentimentality—"for Cal Ripken baseball was much more than a job. It was his love. Ever since he was a kid, he couldn't wait for the next game to begin." Readers looking for the stories-beyond-the-headlines of these genuine heroes—including the cheery "designated fireplug," Kirby Puckett, the remarkable Alou family, the one-handed pitcher Jim Abbott—will find little here to take home.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689802126
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
02/11/1997
Pages:
106
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.35(h) x 0.72(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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