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Title:
The story of baseball
Author:
Ritter, Lawrence S.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Revised and expanded edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
205 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
Traces the history of baseball, which was first played in a form resembling the modern game in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1846, and first played by professional players in 1869.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.5 8.0 43798.
ISBN:
9780688162641

9780688162658
Format :
Book

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"This solid, absorbing introduction to the history, mechanics, and magic of baseball has been expanded and updated, with the addition of several chapters incorporating new baseball lore and current faces. A winner in any season."--Horn Book.

"A splendid volume for fans of all ages. a solid hit." --The New York Times

"A grand slam all the way!" --School Library Journal


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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. From an 1846 game in Hoboken to last year's McGwire-Sosa race for the record books, Ritter's update of his 1990 book once again takes in the game's personalities, statistics, and strategies. The majority of the changes are found in the two chapters on modern times: top players today have been substituted for favorites from the 1980s, and there's a take on the effects of the 1994 strike. The original format has been retained: the first half is a chronological look at major league history; the second is an assessment of game elements--pitching, fielding, etc. Although some of the chapters may be a bit statistics-heavy for the casual fan, they are sprinkled with enough entertaining anecdotes and gossip to keep the reader engaged. An enjoyable mix for player and spectator alike. --Randy Meyer


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-This is the third revision of a standard sports title first published in 1983, and then revised in 1990. Here, Ritter takes baseball's story through the events of the 1990s, ending with the 1998 great home-run record race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Of course, the other part of the story during this past decade deals mostly with labor strife and organizational turmoil, and the author does a good job of succinctly laying out the details of these complex matters. An entirely new chapter deals with the market for baseball cards and other memorabilia. The photographs have also been updated, with pictures of today's stars mixed in with those from past decades. As with the other editions, the first part takes readers through a well-written and entertaining history of the game. The second part deals with aspects of the game such as strategy, hitting, pitching, and base running. There's even a section on signs and signals-something missing from many of the other books that cover the sport. The clear writing and excellent organization have made this title a top choice in the past; this edition, bringing the "story" up to the present day, is a most welcome addition.-Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.