THE MACMILLAN BOOK OF BASEBALL STORIES by Terry Egan

THE MACMILLAN BOOK OF BASEBALL STORIES

Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Two of these authors are journalists, and the training shows in this collection of tidy, conventional human-interest stories. The two- to four-page anecdotes are arranged thematically--``We Are Family'' (the Griffeys, the Clementes, the '79 Pirates); ``Doing the Right Thing'' (``Going to Bat for America: A Tip of the Cap to Ted Williams''); ``Hard Times'' (``Roger Maris: Alone in a Crowd''); etc. They range through baseball's history, featuring sound-bite quotes, dramatic turns of phrase, and Lessons writ large (``We...wanted a book that had `family values' built into the foundation of each story''). These are as easily read, and as intellectually nourishing, as sports-page newspaper columns (which they could be, though there's no evidence of prior publication). At best, a supplementary purchase. Lawrence Ritter's The Story of Baseball (1990) offers a more coherent view of the sport's history, players, attractions, and shining moments. B&w photos. (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-02-733280-2
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1992




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