Willy Raccoon is the best player and captain of his baseball team, made up of diligent good sports who almost always win. In the other corner we have the Weasels, who ""were too lazy to practice and had to win by cheating."" On the morning of a scheduled match between the two teams, the weasels capture Willie and leave him locked in a trash can at the top of a hill--from which, through a hole in the can, he observes the weasels' nasty tricks on the diamond. Yet this is a world where ""the good guys always win,"" as Willy says smugly at the end, and so we're not surprised to see the trash can barrelling down the hill in the middle of the game, and crashing smack into weasel captain Sneaky. Meanwhile the bad guys' cheating (greasing bats, bicycling around the bases) has been sufficiently outrageous to keep readers following Gantos and Rubel along the undisguised dotted line.
Pub Date: April 1, 1980
Page Count: -
Publisher: Parents' Magazine--dist. by Elsevier-Dutton