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Baseball Treasures
     

Baseball Treasures

by Stephen Wong, Susan Einstein (Illustrator)
 

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A dazzling array of the game’s most cherished memorabilia from the world’s best collections, plus indispensable advice from the experts on building your own baseball collection. Sections on bats, balls, cards, gloves, jerseys, trophies, a special chapter about the author, and over 100 photo illustrations gives young readers the perfect avenue to start their own

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A dazzling array of the game’s most cherished memorabilia from the world’s best collections, plus indispensable advice from the experts on building your own baseball collection. Sections on bats, balls, cards, gloves, jerseys, trophies, a special chapter about the author, and over 100 photo illustrations gives young readers the perfect avenue to start their own collection as they grow to love baseball.

Here’s a sampling of what’s in the book:
*The oldest known trophy ball in existence (1853; was a gift to Henry Chadwick, one of baseball’s early pioneers)
*Original copy of the first written rules of modern baseball
*A scorecard from the inaugural World Series in 1903
*The famous T206 Honus Wagner baseball card once owned by Wayne Gretzky
*Game-worn jerseys from the 1909 season of baseball’s most celebrated trio: the Chicago Cubs’ Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance
*Shoeless Joe Jackson’s game–used bat
*A bat used by Babe Ruth to hit home runs in the 1926 and 1927 season
*Game-worn jerseys of Lou Gehrig (1927); Ty Cobb (1928); Babe Ruth (1932 World Series); Dizzy Dean (1934) and Jackie Robinson (1948)
*A baseball autographed by each member of the 1927 New York Yankees
*Mickey Mantle’s MVP award trophy from 1962
*The actual ball caught by Yogi Berra for the last out in Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series
*Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball from the 1998 season

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Perhaps it is due to the history of the game, but baseball seems to develop more collectors and collections than any other sport. Here is a glimpse into special collections and the history of baseball: the game and the players. While the names of these major collectors may not be of any importance to young readers, the collections themselves will hold a certain fascination. Different aspects and collections are presented in each of the seven chapters. Readers will learn about the evolution of the baseball, the glove and the bat. The author talks about Babe Ruth's home run record, how Roger Maris broke the record in 1962, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire broke it in 1998, and Barry Bonds set a new record in 2001. Wong remarks on the steroid use in major league baseball as well. There are important collections of baseball uniforms. Here the author talks about particular jerseys and the players who wore them, such as Jimmie Foxx and Jackie Robinson. The card collecting chapter would not be complete without a discussion of the "ultrarare" T206 Honus Wagner card. World Series memorabilia and trophy collections round out the book. Wong offers good advice to young collectors in the final chapter. He tells them to "[r]ead high-quality baseball books and learn about the game's rich heritage" and "collect what you like." Baseball fans will be introduced to ballplayers from every era. There is a photograph of the first Negro League World Series, which would make an interesting segue from this book to Kadir Nelson's We Are the Ship, in which he has painted a portrait of the players in this photograph. Baseball fans and collectors will pore over the photographs in this book. Reviewer: SharonSalluzzo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061144738
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/25/2007
Edition description:
Library Bound Edition
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Stephen Wong, a lifelong collector of rare and historically significant artifacts, spent two and a half years researching his top-selling adult book smithsonian baseball: Inside the World's Finest Private Collections. Wong has advised a number of the world's top collectors and is currently lending his expertise to an upcoming exhibition at the Chicago Historical Society celebrating the glory days of Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball in the early twentieth century. He is also an advisory director for the Museum of the City of New York's summer 2007 exhibit "The Glory Days: New York Baseball, 1947-1957" and an honorary committee member for the city of Pittsfield and the Berkshire Museum's "1791—Art of the Game—Pittsfield," a two-year celebration of Pittsfield's unique place in baseball history. A graduate of Stanford Law School, Wong is currently an executive director at Goldman Sachs. He was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Hong Kong.

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