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Batter up for great tales - both fact and fantasy - that celebrate the spirit of our national pastime.
 
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Teammates
by Peter Golenbock Illustrated by Paul Bacon

The moving story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player on a major league baseball team and how on a fateful day in Cincinnati, Pee Wee Reese took a stand and declared Jackie his teammate.

1990 Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.

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Shoeless Joe and Black Betsy
by Phil Bildner Illustrated by C. F. Payne
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Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs
by Alan Katz Illustrated by Alec Gillman

Grab your ticket to Game 5 of the 1947 World Series! Come back in time to historic Ebbets Field for all the thrill and excitement of a day at the ballpark. Join the crowd in the stands as they root, root, root for the home team Dodgers who battle their archrivals, the New York Yankees!

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Players in Pigtails
by Shana Corey Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

With many men serving in the military during World War II, Phillip Wrigley follows his daring plan to recruit women to play ball, despite public ridicule. On opening day, Katie Casey, a member of the Kenosha Comets, shows fans and the country that women have just as much talent as men when it comes to sports.

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Nate the Great and the Stolen Base
Series: Nate the Great
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat Illustrated by Marc Simont

Rosamund's baseball team has a very unusual second base — Oliver's gloopy purple plastic octopus. But one morning…it's gone! "Somebody stole second base," Rosamond tells teammate Nate the Great.

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Max
by Rachel Isadora Illustrated by Rachel Isadora
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Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth
by Robert Burleigh Illustrated by Mike Wimmer
Then it is as it should be. Smooth as silk. Easy as air on the face. Right as falling water.

Then there is only the echoey, nothing-quite-like-it sound and soft feel of the fat part of the bat on the center of the ball.

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Girl Wonder
by Deborah Hopkinson Illustrated by Terry Widener

When Alta Weiss throws a corncob at a tomcat chasing her favorite hen, folks know one thing for sure: She may be a girl, but she's got some arm. This is the exciting story of the pioneering female baseball player — a true American original.

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Field Beyond the Outfield, The
by Mark Teague
Stuck in the outfield, champion daydreamer Ludlow transforms his boring surroundings into a towering stadium filled with fantastical fans watching a ballgame between two teams of human-sized insects. And when Ludlow is actually given a chance at bat, the results are beyond even his imagination!
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Casey at the Bat
by Ernest Lawrence Thayer Illustrated by Christopher Bing

"And somewhere men are laughing,
And somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville
Mighty Casey has struck out."

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Dirt On Their Skirts: The Story Of The Young Women Who Won The World Championship
by Doreen Rappaport

"You have to be tough to play baseball in a skirt".

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Zachary's Ball
by Matt Tavares
When Zachary's father catches a foul ball at Fenway Park and gives it to him, something really amazing happens — suddenly, Zachary finds himself on the pitcher's mound, wearing a Red Sox uniform! As long as Zachary has the ball, all of his baseball fantasies seem to come true.
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That Sweet Diamond: Baseball Poems
by Paul B. Janeczko
Accompanied by colorful paintings, this collection of poetry brings to life many different aspects of a baseball game.
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