The Journal of Biddy Owens, the Negro Leagues, Birmingham, Alabama 1948

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Newbery and Coretta Scott King award-winning author Walter Dean Myers's baseball story THE JOURNAL OF BIDDY OWENS is now available in paperback, with an exciting repackaging!

Seventeen-year-old Biddy Owens is part of the Birmingham Black Barons baseball team and dreams of becoming a major league baseball player. However, in 1948 most black players can only play for the Negro Leagues. Jackie Robinson has just recently integrated and is playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but the ...

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Overview


Newbery and Coretta Scott King award-winning author Walter Dean Myers's baseball story THE JOURNAL OF BIDDY OWENS is now available in paperback, with an exciting repackaging!

Seventeen-year-old Biddy Owens is part of the Birmingham Black Barons baseball team and dreams of becoming a major league baseball player. However, in 1948 most black players can only play for the Negro Leagues. Jackie Robinson has just recently integrated and is playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but the white owners are reluctant to add too many blacks to their rosters. The Birmingham Black Barons are some of the best players in the league. But as they travel around playing ball, Biddy realizes that not everyone is ready for blacks and whites to play on the same team. Can Biddy prove he's good enough to be part of the game his loves, no matter what color his skin is?

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
It is Opening Day in 1948 for the Birmingham Black Barons. Seventeen-year-old Biddy Owens, their equipment manager and sometime right fielder, shares the excitement at Rickwood Field, best Negro League stadium in the country. Award-winning author Myers (who once played sandlot baseball) chronicles the fate of the team through a diary the fictional Biddy keeps from May till October, recording details of their games, travels on the team bus, admiration for talented players, and the love of all the players for the game. In his observations and emotions, Biddy reveals much about the state of baseball at the time and, sadly, the discrimination players of the Negro League endure while touring, not only in the South. Especially poignant is the time their catcher is arrested and beaten up for taking a picture of a dog drinking from a "white only" fountain. But it is not all bad—though they are often tired and sometimes must sleep on the bus, games are exciting, black churchgoers are kind, and tension mounts as the season advances and the Barons have a chance at the Negro League World Series. A new player named Willie Mays has joined them and, near the end, a young Hank Aaron. Since Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby are playing with major-league teams, scouts are everywhere; some players predict that an end to segregation may mean the end of the Negro Leagues. Myers adds background in a historical note, explaining that, as more excellent black players were absorbed, attendance dropped at Negro League games and, indeed, 1948 saw their last world series. Readers will be drawn to the engaging Biddy as they sense his growing maturity over the summer, while adults, too, will be fascinated by the black-and-white photos of historic games, players, and teams, including the real Birmingham Black Barons. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545530507
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 532,010
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Walter Dean Myers is the 2012 - 2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author an award-winning body of work which includes, SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, and MONSTER. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King Author Awards, and three National Book Award Finalists citations. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2008

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    The Journal of Biddy Owens, by Walter Dean Myers, is about giving people chances. This book is about a teenager named Biddy Owens. He is on a baseball team called the Barons. He is also the equipment manger for the team. He doesn¿t get to play that much because he isn¿t so good. The manger is a man named Piper. He lets Biddy Owens play if the team is winning by a lot of points or if they have no chance of winning. Biddy¿s team makes the finals. He gets to play for the first time. Biddy is scared that the ball might go to him and he might drop it. Will he help the team win or will they loose? Read more to find out. I loved that Biddy Owens was not so good at baseball but the team was still nice to him. I also liked this book because I got to see the pictures of the whole team in the back of the book. I liked these pictures because I got to see how Piper looks. The theme of this book is about giving other people chances. I would recommend this book to sport lovers because it tells you a lot about baseball.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    Going Going Gone!!!

    The story took place in Birmingham,Alabama in 1948. Biddy wanted to play so badly. But he never got to play much. His sister didn't believe he was good enough. She was jealous over their parents.She thought they should give her more than him. The team manager would get really mad when they lost, but he was happy when the won.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2002

    This is an excellent book for people who love the game of baseball!!

    This book is about a young man who loves the game of baseball and everything about it. This book tells you what it was like to be an Afican-American baseball player in the 1940. This story also includes one of the greatest players, Willie Mays and other people that were on Biddy Owens team,the Birmingham Black Barons. This story also tells how segregation was a huge thing back then. This is a book I think you should read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    The exciting story of Biddy Owens

    When I read this book I was amazed and I have read a lot of Walters other books and I think this was one of the best. If you like baseball then yo should like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2001

    Excellent Edtion to My Name Is America Series!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Biddy Owens is a teenager when he learns what it means to be the greatest Baseball team and still not be treated equally, as everyone. He is a Bat Boy for the Black Barons in 1948, the team is traveling from New Orlens to Chicago, in his journal Biddy expresses his feeling of racism, and his dream of becoming a professional Baseball player, but his family does'nt share the same feeligs.I hope you find this book as excellent as I did, I think Walter Dean Myers has out done himself this time with such a great book.

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