Let’s Play Ball!

February 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

Baseball season is officially here!  While the pros get their groove back at Spring Training camps here in Florida, little leaguers across the country are eagerly awaiting their first steps onto the diamond.

Until then, why not enjoy some of the newest baseball stories the Library has to offer?

Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen

Randy Riley, a science genius who loves baseball but is not very good at it, needs to use both his interests to save his town from a giant fireball that is heading their way.


Take Me Out to the Ball Game by Jack Norworth

Colorful, collage-like illustrations are kids’ tickets into Sluggers Stadium, where two animal teams step up to the plate and vie for victory–all cheered on by Katie Casey, the baseball-loving cat. And what a game it is! Giraffe winds up at the pitchers mound, hoping for a strikeout. But, with a thwack, ball meets bat and Crocodile is off and running. Can Tiger tag him out at first? He’d better, because Elephant’s up next and that will cause a commotion!

Play Ball, Jackie! by Stephen Krensky

On April 15, 1947, Matt Romano and his father watch the Brooklyn Dodgers season-opener, during which Jackie Robinson, a twenty-eight-year-old rookie, breaks the “color line” that had kept black men out of Major League baseball. Includes facts about Jackie Robinson’s life and career.

Stars in the Shadows: The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934 by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

In 1934, Chicago was the setting for one of the most fascinating ballgames in history: the second annual East-West Games. Come step back in time to see the best of the best Negro League players take each other on in this All-Star Game. This exhilarating play-by-play is a tour de force: a complete imagining of the radio broadcast of that thrilling game. You’ll meet the legendary players, step into the stands with the fans, and even hear the radio commercials!

Lucky Cap by Patrick Jennings

Enzo starts middle school after an amazing summer trip with his father, a new manager at a popular sporting goods company, with a prototype baseball cap that seems to bring Enzo popularity and success.

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