Values are seriously examined here when Buddy, captain of his junior high baseball team, sees into the shortcomings of an ex-professional player he had once hero worshipped and who has now come to coach a rival school team. Buddy and his teammates are confident of winning the district championship. But distressing news comes from another school which has started a winning streak, with McBride, the old pro, as their new coach. On closer examination the reasons for their victories become more specific. McBride is a boastful man who uses borderline tactics- beanball, spiking, hot arguments with the umpire- and in the final game there are tempers and frustrations to control. Buddy's team loses, and there is no justice except that Buddy has gained in understanding what he has lost in actual play and realizes, above all, the importance of his own self control. With this, Tunis' batting average as an important writer remains high. Geared for 12 and 13's too.