Baseball Saved Us

Babe & I

By David A. Adler

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While helping his family make ends meet during the Depression by selling newspapers, a boy meets Babe Ruth. Suggested for ages 7-10.
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Just Like Josh Gibson

By Angela Johnson

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A young girl's grandmother tells her of her love for baseball and the day they let her play in the game even though she was a girl. Suggested for ages 6-9.
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Gold Dust

By Chris Lynch

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In 1975, twelve-year-old Richard befriends Napoleon, a Caribbean newcomer to his Catholic school, hoping that Napolean will learn to love baseball and the Red Sox, and will win acceptance in the racially polarized Boston school. Suggested for ages 10-14.
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Teammates

By Peter Golenblock

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Describes the racial prejudice experienced by Jackie Robinson when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first black player in Major League baseball. Depicts the acceptance and support he received from his white teammate Pee Wee Reese. Suggested for ages 8-12.
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Promises to Keep : How Jackie Robinson Changed America

By Sharon Robinson

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A biography of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the major leagues, as told by his daughter. Suggested for ages 10-14.
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Might Jackie : the Strike-Out Queen

By Marissa Moss

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In 1931, seventeen-year-old Jackie Mitchell pitches against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game, becoming the first professional female pitcher in baseball history. Suggested for ages 8-12.
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Lou Gehrig : the Luckiest Man

By David Adler

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Traces the life of the Yankees' star ballplayer, focusing on his character and his struggle with the terminal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Suggested for ages 6-9.
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Home Run : the Story of Babe Ruth

By Robert Burleigh

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A poetic account of the legendary Babe Ruth as he prepares to make a home run. Suggested for ages 7-10.
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Casey at the Bat : a Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888

By Ernest I. Thayer

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Thayer's poem of the 19th-century baseball legend is illustrated to look like an old scrapbook. Suggested for ages 6-12.
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A Strong Right Arm : the Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson

By Michelle Y. Green

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From the time she insisted on trying out for the all-male all-white Police Athletic League team until she became one of only three women to play in the Negro Leagues, Mamie Johnson's life shows that courage -- and a fierce curveball -- can make a childhood dream come true. Suggested for ages 9-12.
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