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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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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 & Black Betsy
by Phil Bildner Illustrated by C. F. Payne
Before Shoeless Joe Jackson can play in the minor leagues, he must find a way out of his hitting slump. He goes to see his friend Ol' Charlie Ferguson, a South Carolina bat smith, who not only makes him the perfect bat but also teaches him how to care for
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Take Me Out to the Ballgame
by Jack Norworth 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. With the help of his dog, Sludge, the young detective trails the missing octopus, picking up clues along the way.

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by Rachel Isadora Illustrated by Rachel Isadora
Max is a star player on his baseball team. On a day of a baseball game, Max takes his sister to her dancing class. What will happen when Max is invited to come into the classroom?
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Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth
by Robert Burleigh

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: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings
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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The Field Beyond the Outfield
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: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888
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. But can he hold on to its magic?

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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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