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Matt Christopher (1917–1997)

Author of The Kid Who Only Hit Homers

286+ Works 23,724 Members 127 Reviews 1 Favorited

About the Author

Matt Christopher was born August 16, 1917 in Bath, Pennsylvania. He had a variety of odd jobs before focusing full time on writing including playing shortstop for a Class C minor-league team in Smith Falls, Ontario. He also drove trucks and sold umbrellas and worked in a theater. Christopher show more finally began his writing career in 1940, when he wrote a detective story that was accepted by Detective Box Magazine in 1943 His first children's book was The Lucky Baseball Bat, published in 1954, which was in print for 25 years. Christopher was the best-selling author of more than fifty sports books for young readers. He is best known for his sports novels for children as well as his many short stories and articles in numerous children's and adults' magazines. His later works include Dirt Bike Racer, The Spy on Third Base, and Skateboard Tough. Christopher wrote 78 books in all and over 250 magazine articles and short stories. Matt Christopher dies in 1997. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Matt Christopher

The Kid Who Only Hit Homers (1972) 959 copies
Return of the Home Run Kid (1948) 756 copies
Tough to Tackle (1987) 640 copies
Soccer Halfback (1978) 602 copies
The Lucky Baseball Bat (1991) 588 copies
The Hit-Away Kid (1988) 549 copies
Ice Magic (1973) 460 copies
Hard Drive to Short (1969) 445 copies
Catcher with a Glass Arm (1985) 435 copies
Dirt Bike Racer (1979) 402 copies
Miracle at the Plate (1967) 394 copies
Catch That Pass! (1969) 377 copies
The Year Mom Won the Pennant (1968) 368 copies
The Basket Counts (1968) 366 copies
The Hockey Machine (1986) 361 copies
The Great Quarterback Switch (1984) 336 copies
Skateboard Tough (1991) 336 copies
The Spy on Third Base (1987) 285 copies
Undercover Tailback (1992) 271 copies
Johnny Long Legs (1970) 270 copies
The Fox Steals Home (1978) 264 copies
Challenge at Second Base (1962) 251 copies
Face-Off (1972) 249 copies
Soccer Duel (2000) 247 copies
Football Fugitive (1976) 245 copies
No Arm in Left Field (1974) 211 copies
Dirt Bike Runaway (1983) 208 copies
Football Nightmare (2001) 204 copies
The Diamond Champs (1977) 200 copies
Wingman On Ice (1993) 200 copies
Shortstop from Tokyo (1970) 194 copies
Long Shot for Paul (1955) 190 copies
Soccer Scoop (1998) 188 copies
Touchdown for Tommy (1971) 184 copies
Tight End (1981) 184 copies
Comeback of the Home Run Kid (2006) 180 copies
Centerfield Ballhawk (1900) 175 copies
The Comeback Challenge (1996) 172 copies
Snowboard Showdown (1999) 165 copies
The Winning Stroke (1994) 164 copies
Skateboard Renegade (2000) 164 copies
The Submarine Pitch (1800) 163 copies
Stealing Home (2004) 160 copies
Baseball Flyhawk (1995) 157 copies
Snowboard Maverick (1997) 157 copies
Long-Arm Quarterback (1999) 152 copies
Top Wing (1994) 150 copies
Crackerjack Halfback (1962) 143 copies
Little Lefty (1993) 136 copies
Snowboard Champ (2004) 132 copies
Red-Hot Hightops (1987) 130 copies
Double Play at Short (1995) 129 copies
Play Ball! (Little League) (2013) 127 copies
Too Hot to Handle (1965) 125 copies
Shoot for the Hoop (1995) 120 copies
Center Court Sting (1998) 117 copies
The Counterfeit Tackle (1965) 116 copies
Slam Dunk (2004) 116 copies
Long Stretch at First Base (1960) 113 copies
Baseball Turnaround (1997) 112 copies
Nothin' But Net (2003) 111 copies
All-Star Fever (1995) 108 copies
Supercharged Infield (1985) 105 copies
Cool as Ice (2001) 100 copies
Mountain Bike Mania (1998) 98 copies
The Dog That Stole Home (1993) 96 copies
Run, Billy, Run (1980) 95 copies
Body Check (2003) 93 copies
Roller Hockey Radicals (1998) 92 copies
The Team That Couldn't Lose (1967) 90 copies
Goalkeeper in Charge (2002) 84 copies
Inline Skater (2001) 82 copies
Michael Jordan (2008) 79 copies
Jackrabbit Goalie (1978) 73 copies
Tackle Without a Team (1989) 72 copies
Earthquake (1975) 70 copies
Catching Waves (2006) 67 copies
Pressure Play (1989) 63 copies
Man Out at First (1993) 63 copies
The Reluctant Pitcher (1966) 62 copies
Lacrosse Face-Off (1972) 61 copies
Zero's Slider (1994) 59 copies
Prime-Time Pitcher (1998) 58 copies
The Catcher's Mask (1998) 58 copies
Dive Right In (2002) 52 copies
Stranger in Right Field (1822) 51 copies
The Captain Contest (1999) 51 copies
Run For it (2002) 44 copies
Windmill Windup (2001) 44 copies
Babe Ruth (2005) 39 copies
Fairway Phenom (2003) 38 copies
Line Drive to Short (1995) 38 copies
Tennis Ace (2000) 35 copies
Break for the Basket (1960) 33 copies
One Smooth Move (2004) 32 copies
Secret Weapon (2000) 32 copies
Shadow Over Second (1996) 32 copies
Takedown (1990) 30 copies
Soccer 'Cats #4: Hat Trick (2000) 29 copies
Rock On (2004) 27 copies
Jackie Robinson (2006) 26 copies
Operation Baby-Sitter (1999) 26 copies
On Thin Ice (2004) 22 copies
Muhammad Ali (2005) 21 copies
Day of the Dragon (2004) 21 copies
You Lucky Dog (2002) 20 copies
Making the Save (2004) 19 copies
Roller Hockey Rumble (2004) 19 copies
Switch Play! (2003) 19 copies
All Keyed Up (2002) 19 copies
Heads Up : Soccer Cats #6 (2000) 16 copies
Master of Disaster (2001) 16 copies
Dale Earnhardt Sr. (2007) 14 copies
Two Strikes on Johnny (1958) 12 copies
Jinx Glove (1974) 12 copies
Into the Danger Zone (2004) 12 copies
Kick It! (2003) 12 copies
Wild Ride (2005) 10 copies
Shadow Over The Back Court (1959) 10 copies
Little League Play Ball! (2014) 9 copies
Desperate Search (1973) 9 copies
Mystery Coach (1973) 8 copies
The Twenty-one-mile Swim (1979) 7 copies
Tall Man in the Pivot (1961) 6 copies
Johnny No Hit (1977) 6 copies
Devil Pony (1977) 6 copies
Glue Fingers (1975) 5 copies
Lucky Seven (1970) 5 copies
Wild Pitch (1980) 5 copies
Slide, Danny, Slide (2010) 5 copies
Drag-strip racer (1982) 4 copies
Basketball Sparkplug (1957) 4 copies
Wing T Fullback (1960) 4 copies
Stranded (1974) 4 copies
Power Play (1976) 4 copies
Olympic Dream (2009) 3 copies
Sink it, Rusty (1963) 3 copies
Front Court Hex (1974) 3 copies
Extreme Sports Boxed Set (2003) 2 copies
De eerste wedstrijd (2004) 2 copies
Soccer Scoop 2 copies
Baseball Boxed Set (2003) 2 copies
Baseball Pal 1 copy
Secret of Rock Island (1995) 1 copy
Een ramp in het doel (2004) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Fifty-Meter Monsters & Other Horrors (1976) — Contributor — 10 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Christopher, Matthew Frederick
Birthdate
1917-08-16
Date of death
1997-09-20
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Bath, Pennsylvania, USA
Place of death
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Places of residence
Ludlow Ville, New York, USA
Occupations
children's book author
Organizations
Smith Falls Beavers
Awards and honors
Milner Award (1993)

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Works
286
Also by
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Members
23,724
Popularity
#884
Rating
½ 3.7
Reviews
127
ISBNs
1,847
Languages
6
Favorited
1

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