Adding fantasy (in the form of a gimmick which makes objects invisible) to baseball, Sidney Offit has come up with a story which will delight and amuse young fans. The experiences of Joe Cringle, his scientific friend Chris, his dog-- named. Soupbone after Joe's Cringle, his scientific friend Chris, his dog-- named. Soupbone after Joe's baseball idol, and Joe's pets-- Shortstop the turtle, Umpire the frog, and Centerfield the rabbit-- are recounted in a tongue-in-cheek, fast-moving style by the author. In the end, spectacled Chris saves the day for the now old and worn out pitcher, Soupbone McDexter. After a chat with Soupbone, the happy boys receive a ride home with him, and all ends well that was lightly begun.