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Judy Johnson
Billus, Kathleen.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Rosen Central, 2002.
Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Presents the life of the famed Negro League third baseman and discusses segregation in America, the formation of the Negro leagues, and the integration of professional baseball in 1947.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.5 2.0 57332.
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GV865.J598 B55 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Judy Johnson, also known as "Mr. Sunshine," tore through the Negro leagues as one of the best pinch-hitting third basemen who ever played baseball. This book is a remarkable look back at a sports hero who lived life to the fullest, played the game he loved, and always remembered to treat people as equals, regardless of how he was treated. Readers will learn how far a good attitude can take a person.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. Judy Johnson and Satchel Paige are among the players profiled in the new Baseball Hall of Famers of the Negro Leagues series. Each book presents the life of a particular player within the context of the history of the Leagues. That background includes the racist attitudes and laws that led to the leagues' creation, the strength of those leagues in their prime, and their decline after the integration of the major leagues. In Johnson, Billus records the career of an outstanding player, coach, manager, and scout. As a manager, Johnson once recruited teenage fan Josh Gibson from the stands to fill in for his injured catcher. Today both Gibson and Johnson are in the Hall of Fame. In Paige, Schmidt spotlights one of the finest and most colorful pitchers in baseball history. Paige finally broke into the majors in his forties, becoming the oldest rookie ever and, surprisingly, 1948's Rookie of the Year. These books, which portray the difficulties faced by black players, particularly when traveling in the South, will help young readers grasp the reality of racism in the first half of the twentieth century. Illustrated with black-and-white photos, each book ends with a time line, a glossary, and lists of books, organizations, and Web sites recommended for further research. Check the Series Roundup for volumes on Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, Monte Irvin, and Buck Leonard. --Carolyn Phelan