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Heroes of Baseball: The Men Who Made It America's Favorite Game

by Robert Lipsyte

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"Now there's three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win or you can lose or it can rain." -- Casey Stengel This is one of my favorite books on the history of baseball, because it has so many amazing pictures from the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Robert Lipsyte is such a fantastic storyteller. From the very beginnings of baseball (and whether or not Abner Doubleday really is the father of modern baseball), Lipsyte takes readers on a who's who tour of baseball history. Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner start off the players, with stories of how games were played so differently at the beginning of the 20th century. Cobb had a football attitude in his baseball game! Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, and Jackie Robinson also appear, along with the stories of the early segregated Negro Leagues. There are tales of hard-fought, well-played games, well-known and not-so-well-known Hall of Famers, and the players who changed the rules of the game -- often at great personal cost, like Curt Flood, who ended up in the Supreme Court over his rights as a player. This is excellent nonfiction for anyone who enjoys the game, and it's a perfect read for the start of the 2011 season! 6th grade and up. ( )
  KarenBall | Sep 23, 2011 |
great details on baseball's historical players, Includes index, YA, Booklist, Chapter Book
  rjholman | Aug 4, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689867417, Hardcover)

TY COBB. CHRISTY MATHEWSON. SHOELESS JOE JACKSON. BABE RUTH. LOU GEHRIG. JACKIE ROBINSON. JOE DIMAGGIO. MICKEY MANTLE. WILLIE MAYS. DUKE SNIDER. TED WILLIAMS. CURT FLOOD. ROBERTO CLEMENTE. HANK AARON.

Their names echo through the halls of time and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Their feats are legendary. They never quit, and they never backed down. They inspired generations of Americans to push themselves to do their very best. They were, and remain, the heroes of baseball.

Hitting monster home runs, pitching perfect games, making impossible catches, and stealing home during the World Series -- these are the kinds of feats that turn baseball players into baseball superstars. But it takes more than great feats to become a hero of the game.

Every generation needs its own heroes, and in each generation that need is answered differently. Heroes reflect the times and societies in which they live and work. The impact made by baseball's heroes affects the way our society perceives itself, as well as the goals we set for ourselves and for our nation. Award-winning sportswriter Robert Lipsyte presents his vision for who the heroes of the game are, and what they did to achieve their legendary status.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:50 -0400)

Meet the men who were and remain the heroes of baseball. These are men who did more than hit home runs or pitch perfect games--they changed the way our society perceives itself, and the goals we set for ourselves and our nation.

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