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Who got game? : baseball : amazing but true stories / by Derrick Barnes ; illustrated by John John Bajet.

Barnes, Derrick, (author.). Bajet, John John, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Breckenridge Public Library J 796.357 BAR (Text) 33500013260740 New Available -
Lake Park LINK Site J 796.357 BAR (Text) 33500013260757 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781523505531
  • ISBN: 1523505532
  • ISBN: 9781544448688
  • ISBN: 1544448686
  • Physical Description: 172 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (page 168).
Formatted Contents Note:
Pivotal players. Rube Foster ; Hank Greenberg ; Ozzie Virgil ; Lizzie Murphy ; Sadaharu Oh ; Dr. Frank Jobe ; Satchel Paige ; Henry Cahdwick ; Kim Ng -- Sensational stories. The spitball ; Major League players who enlisted in WWII ; The unfortunaste luck of Hughie Jennings ; The "Jumbo Wagner" ; Before Jackie Robinson ; The problem with Steve Bartman ; Roberto Clemente's last big regular-season hit ; 33 short innings ; Royals legend George Brett and the "pine tar incident" -- Radical records. Mr. Met ; Baby Nuxhall ; The only MLB player to "hit for the cycle" in the postseason ; The OG crew ; Like father, like son ; I get it from my pops! ; The lowest era in MLB history ; The highest-scoring game ever! ; Salaries and the first million-dollar man ; The most- and least-attended games in MLB history ; The only man named MVP in both leagues ; The fastest recorded pitch so far . . . ; Players who hit a grand slam their first time at bat -- Colossal comebacks. Hitless wonders ; Arizona bites back ; Keep on ticking ; Ten big runs ; The return of Tony C. ; Rooker keeps his promise ; Eric the Red fights back ; Wilie's iconic catch ; Overcoming the curse of the Bambino.
Summary, etc.:
Celebrate the unheralded people and stories that helped shape the game of baseball! Meet unsung pioneers, like John "Bud" Fowler, William Edward White, and brothers Moses Fleetwood Walker and Weld Walker, four African Americans who integrated white teams decades before Jackie Robinson. Discover unforgettable moments, like the time a 17-year old girl named Jackie Mtchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Marvel at records. Did you know that Japanese superstar Sadaharu Oh has a whopping 113 more career homers than Hank Aaron? And that's just for starters! This lively illustrated collection of shiny nuggets of baseball lore will transform you into a superfan who knows the game better than anyone else. Someone who's got game.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #1
    *Starred Review* Newbery Honor Book author Barnes' nonfiction debut introduces readers to "the unrecognized and unheralded figures and the untold stories that hold important spaces in baseball history." This collection is arranged into four chapters—"Pivotal Players," "Sensational Stories," "Radical Records," and "Colossal Comebacks"—each of which includes several tales that are fascinating but often overlooked. Did you know that 17-year-old Jackie Mitchell struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig? Or that the longest professional game in baseball history lasted more than eight hours? Selected narratives are not only fun but also rooted in wider cultural and historical context, explaining to readers the larger importance of figures like Ozzie Virgil Sr., the majors' first Dominican player, or Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish American player inducted into the Hall of Fame, who faced anti-Semitic abuse and who became one of the first major leaguers to enlist in WWII. Barnes makes a point of including marginalized athletes who were challenged by sexism, racism, and xenophobia, noting that the sport still has a long way to go. The book's design—the typography and layout, all set on colored paper—along with Bajet's bright portraits evoke an especially baseballesque aesthetic. Inviting for newcomers and eye-opening for longtime fans, this one will have wide appeal in its exploration of the shortcomings and the beauty of America's favorite pastime. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Derrick D. Barnes is from Kansas City, MO. He is the winner of the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for outstanding new writer, and his picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut took home four honors at the 2018 American Library Association&;s Youth Media Awards: the Coretta Scott King Author Honor and Illustrator Honor, the Newbery Honor, and the Caldecott Honor. Derrick is also the author of the New York Times bestselling picture book The King of Kindergarten, the bestselling chapter book series Ruby and the Booker Boys, the middle grade novel We Could Be Brothers, and the YA novel The Making of Dr. Truelove, which was recognized by the ALA as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Derrick created the popular blog Raising the Mighty, where he chronicles the experience of bringing up four beautiful black boys in America. He lives in Charlotte, NC, with his wife, Dr. Tinka Barnes, and their four sons, all of whom play sports.

John John Bajet is a designer at Renegade Animation, and works on the Cartoon Network Show Tom & Jerry. He is the illustrator of If We Could Do What Animals Do.


Subject: Baseball > Anecdotes > Juvenile literature.
Baseball players > Anecdotes > Juvenile literature.
Baseball > History > Juvenile literature.
Baseball > Miscellanea > Juvenile literature.
Baseball > History.
Sports > History.
Baseball > Miscellanea.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Sports & Recreation / Baseball & Softball.
Baseball stories.
Genre: Anecdotes.
Informational works.
Illustrated works.

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