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Don't step on the foul line : sports superstition
Sullivan, George, 1933-
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Describes a variety of superstitions observed by athletes in such sports as baseball, hockey, tennis, and football.
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Includes index.
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GV863.A1 S893 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From what to wear to when to leave the locker room to choosing the right foods, professional sports stars have an amazing number of superstitious beliefs and this book presents a large assortment of the funniest.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-8. Here are a couple of sure bets for trivia nuts, or anyone who wants a good chuckle. Readers will be surprised and amused at the importance players attach to their jersey numbers and marvel at the many rituals and superstitions they observe. Take the case of basketball great Michael Jordan: Any Number recounts how Jordan's return to his 23 jersey cost the Bulls $125,000 in fines. The book also covers how numbers are retired, banned, and who uses the unlucky 13. Stranger yet are the superstitions revealed in Foul Line. How about a San Francisco Giant and his lucky teddy bear, or a hockey players' ritual that led to an all out brawl? Babe Ruth took a swat at butterflies on the diamond; he thought they were bad luck. The great thing about the oddities in both these volumes is that you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy them. --Denia Hester

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-These books try to carve out a niche in the junior sports set by focusing on two offbeat aspects: players' quirky reasons for choosing uniform numbers and their superstitious practices before, during, and after games. Well researched and loaded with detail, both titles are written in a straightforward, somewhat dry manner. The author focuses on relatively recent incidents and current major-league players so that his young audience will recognize the names. Clever, black-and-white cartoons relate directly to the texts and add much-needed humor. The problem is in how to read the books. One anecdote after another is relayed without any organization by sport or other method. Children can look up their favorite players in the index, but plowing through all 64 pages from start to finish is tedious and unlikely. Absolute sports fanatics may find these books appealing, but most readers in this age group are looking for materials on their favorite teams or players. Purchase only if your sports section is loaded and you are looking to supplement it with additional titles.-Steve Clancy, Colonial Village Elementary School, Niagara Falls, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.