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Baseball

From scientific facts on the physics of throwing a curve-ball to biographies of some of the greatest players in history, this list offers amazing stories and thrilling fiction about playing the game popularly known as 'America's pastime.'


The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
The Girl Who Threw Butterflies

Eighth-grader Molly's ability to throw a knuckle-ball earns her a spot on the baseball team, which not only helps her feel connected to her recently deceased father, who loved baseball, it helps in other aspects of her life, as well.


Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season
Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season

Chronicling Robinson's first major-league season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, from Robinson's preseason call-up to the 1947 World Series, in which the Dodgers took the Yankees to a seventh game, this books details the dynamics of Robinson's hard-earned acceptance by teammates, the well-chronicled abuse Robinson took from opposing fans and players.


Change-up: Mystery at the World Series
Change-up: Mystery at the World Series

While covering baseball's World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox, teenage sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol investigate a rookie pitcher whose evasive answers during an interview reveal more than a few contradictions in his life story.


Babe Ruth: A Twentieth-Century Life
Babe Ruth: A Twentieth-Century Life

The focus of this book is on Babe Ruth's early life and his career as a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox. Illustrated with beautiful photos, it shows a candid portrait of a glorious athlete and an imperfect man whose name is synonymous with greatness.


Shakespeare Makes The Playoffs
Shakespeare Makes The Playoffs

Fourteen-year-old Kevin Boland, poet and first baseman, is torn between his cute girlfriend Mira and Amy, who is funny, plays Chopin on the piano, and is also a poet.


Center Field
Center Field

Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.


Baseball Crazy : Ten Short Stories That Cover All the Bases
Baseball Crazy : Ten Short Stories That Cover All the Bases

Ten stories about the love of baseball, the fear of baseball, and everything in between.


Mexican Whiteboy
Mexican Whiteboy

Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.


Six innings: A Game in the Life
Six innings: A Game in the Life

Earl Grubb's Pool Supplies plays Northeast Gas & Electric in the Little League championship game, while Sam, who has cancer and is in a wheelchair, has to call the play-by-play instead of participating in the game.


21: The Story of Roberto Clemente
21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

Presents the story of baseball star Roberto Clemente and his journey from an impoverished childhood in Puerto Rico to fame and fortune as a hall-of-fame right-fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates.


The Comeback Season
The Comeback Season

High school freshman Ryan Walsh, a Chicago Cubs fan, meets Nick when they both skip school on opening day. Their blossoming relationship becomes difficult for Ryan when she discovers that Nick is seriously ill, as she again feels the pain of losing her father five years earlier.


Satchel Paige : Striking Out Jim Crow
Satchel Paige : Striking Out Jim Crow

Satchel Paige began his baseball career in the Negro Leagues in Alabama in the 1920s. For years, Jim Crow laws, which segregated blacks and whites, kept him out of the major leagues. But they couldn't stop him from becoming a world-class athlete. This is a fictionalized account of a real-life sports hero told in comic book format.


Why a Curveball Curves : The Incredible Science of Sports
Why a Curveball Curves : The Incredible Science of Sports


The Big Field
The Big Field

When fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer too.