Dogs do not play baseball--or do they? It seems George's dog, Lucky, does a great job in left field, and all the kids on the team love him. Unfortunately, the team hasn't won a single game. So when their new coach, Chet, who plays "serious" baseball for his college team, says Lucky's not welcome any longer, not even George has the gumption to defy him. In fact, George is so sure Chet knows what playing baseball is all about that he decides to try the chewing tobacco Chet hands out to the kids--and so does Lucky. Big mistake! Things are sorted out a bit too easily at the close, but the book is full of elements with kid appeal, and as in "A Boy in the Doghouse" , Lucky presents a spunky dog's-eye version of events in alternate chapters. The language is simple enough to attract newer readers ready to take a step beyond beginning chapter book fare, and Morrill's black-and-white sketches capture Lucky's antics, even though they picture a gender-neutral dog despite the narrative's clear characterization of Lucky as a male. Dog lovers might wonder; then again, they might not care in the least.