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Baseball history for kids : America at bat from 1900 to today with 19 activities
First edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, c2016.
Physical Description:
xiii, 146 pages : illustrations ; 22 x 28 cm
Reading Level:
Age: 9+.


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Book J 796.357 PAN 1 1

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Baseball History for Kids is a fascinating and unique journey through the modern history of America's favorite pastime. Kids will discover how the game has changed over the years, reading about topics such as the Dead Ball Era, World War II, segregation and integration, Bonus Babies, the Reserve Clause and Free Agency, and the Designated Hitter. Along the way, they'll enjoy firsthand quotes and stories from more than 175 former major leaguers who were eyewitnesses to and participants in baseball's most incredible feats and biggest moments.

Readers will also get an intimate look at the game's greatest legends, from Babe Ruth, Satchel Paige, and Ted Williams to Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mays, including insightful and amusing anecdotes from former teammates and opponents. They will gain additional insight into the game through 19 interesting activities. Children will learn how to calculate a player's batting average and ERA, throw a palmball, design a logo for their favorite team, cook a bowl of Cracker Jack, and more. The book also includes a time line and list of books, websites, and places to visit.

Author Notes

Richard Panchyk is the author of World War II for Kids , New York City History for Kids , Franklin Delano Roosevelt for Kids , and three adult titles about New York City history.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Panchyk relates the history of what is often referred to as America's great pastime in an entertaining and engaging manner. This author does a superb job of condensing more than 100 years of the sport into a fascinating and readable text. Interwoven throughout are 19 baseball-related activities that will inspire or reinforce a love and knowledge of the game, such as preparing Cracker Jack and calculating a player's batting average. In addition, students will gain valuable insight into famous legends and secondary figures through stories or quotes about approximately 175 major leaguers. Perhaps most enjoyable are the historic tidbits that shed light on the sport today. Overviews briefly discuss issues such as the dead ball era, the reserve clause, segregation, and steroid use. Numerous black-and-white photographs and reproductions enhance the text. VERDICT An informative title that should be a hit among sports-minded readers.-Jeanette Lambert, Nashville-Davidson County Schools, TN © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

A crazy quilt of baseball high spots and memories, distilled from interviews with over 500 former major leaguers and managers. Though stitched into chronological chapters and, despite the subtitle, covering 19th-century baseball too, Panchyk's labor of love ends up less a coherent, unified whole than an anecdotal jumble of incidents, records, and firsts. He also seems determined to stuff as many names into his narrative as possible, so that familiar stars such as Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Ted Williams are nearly shouldered aside by a dizzying swarm of smaller fry. And though some offer personal reminiscences about how they broke into the major leagues, too many contribute only the vague platitudes that players still use. The illustrations are largely decades-old photos of players, tickets, and printed programs, and the history turns decidedly threadbare once it reaches the 21st century. Sidebars on nearly every spread mix miniessays on topics ranging from baseball nicknames to select no-hitters with at-times questionable hands-on activities; one suggests announcing part of a real game and then playing the recording back to an audience, which is possibly illegal, for instance. Rabid fans might take a swing at this, but younger or less well-informed ones will get a better sense of how the game is and was played elsewhere. (index, timeline, resources) (Nonfiction. 10-13) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Baseball has been around since the mid-1800s, but through the decades, it has morphed into the game known and loved today. From rural cow pastures to urban streets to ever-evolving stadiums, the game draws kids and professional players. With his personal passion for baseball as impetus, Panchyk gives a general overview and then delves into the history of professional baseball from 1901 to the present. The real strength of the book lies in the extensive (more than 500) personal interviews with former major league players and managers. Weaving these and the abundant black-and-white photographs into the sometimes dense or disjointed narrative keeps fans reading. The photographs come either from players themselves or the author's own collection. Text boxes throughout provide additional trivia tidbits. Nineteen activities try to connect the game to language, mathematics, and athletics, although some lack inspiration. Try pairing this with Greg Jacobs' The Everything Kids' Baseball Book (2016).--Petty, J. B. Copyright 2016 Booklist

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