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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Good Sports
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (December 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054741708X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547417080
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Prolific sports writer Stout starts off his new series for middle-grade readers, Good Sports, with this strong title that focuses on the careers of four trailblazing ballplayers: Hank Greenburg, Jackie Robinson, Fernando Valenzuela, and Ila Borders. Each athlete was devoted to the game of baseball, and as a result, advanced not only the rights of minorities and women but also helped to make baseball a game for everyone. Stout writes with conviction and does not sugarcoat the hateful, sometimes racially motivated comments these players endured. He highlights pivotal moments in each athlete’s life, showing that their barrier breaking did not happen in a vacuum but grew from previous experiences, such as Robinson’s distinguished military career and Borders’ childhood Little League games, during which she was heckled by her competitors’ parents. Stout’s action-packed, suspenseful descriptions of milestone games will easily draw young people’s interest, and an author’s note, sources for further reading, and career statistics for each of the players round out this well-paced book. Give this to fans of Matt Christopher, Mike Lupica, and Dan Gutman. Grades 3-6. --Kara Dean

From the Author

My goal for the "Good Sports" series is to provide interesting and compelling stories of athletes that reflect positive values and life lessons young people can use on and off the field, and to motivate young people to read and write, which I believe can be life changing experiences; I know there were for me.  There is no doubt that reading is the best way for a young person to learn to write well, and that the experience of writing also teaches one how to think and learn.

I created the Good Sports series based on feedback I received from hundreds of young people, teachers and parents during school visits over the last decade, an experience I enjoy and hope to continue.  On these visits I learned that young readers want books about sports with plenty of action that also tell stories that have meaning to their lives and experience.  Parents want books they can feel good about giving their child, and teachers want books that can motivate children who are otherwise uninterested in reading to pick up a book and expand their world.  As a writer, there is nothing more gratifying than having a teacher tell me that my books have inspired a non-reader not only to read one of my books, but to ask for another book to read.  Each minute a child spends reading is one minute he or she is building toward a positive future.

The next two Good Sports titles are "Yes She Can! Women's Sports Pioneers," and "Soldier Athletes: Doing Their Duty." 

I look forward to hearing from teachers, parents and especially my readers.

More About the Author

Glenn Stout is the author, editor or ghostwriter of nearly eighty books, including the groundbreaking Boston Globe bestseller Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year, bestsellers Red Sox Century and Yankees Century, and the critically acclaimed Nine Months at Ground Zero, The Best American Sports Writing, and Young Woman and The Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the Worldand his own award winning juvenile sports biography series - "Good Sports." Glenn is available to make author visits, deliver lectures on the history of Fenway Park and on all aspects of writing. He also serves as Editor of SB Nation Longform, producing high quality longform sports journalism.

Born in Ohio and a graduate of Bard College, Glenn is dual citizen of the United States and Canada and lives in Vermont with his family, two cats, two dogs and one rabbit on Lake Champlain. Before becoming a writer Glenn did construction work, served as a security guard, a painter, and worked in libraries. Glenn invites his readers to his blog, to join his facebook page for The Best American Sports Writing, or to visit his website, glennstout.net. Anyone interested in arranging an "author visit" should query Glenn directly at basweditor@yahoo.com. Follow Glenn @GlennStout

Thanks for reading!

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I think any youngster would enjoy this book.
Patricia
The "heroes" are ordinary people who excelled at Baseball against the odds such as race or religion and their story is compelling, yet the lesson is clear.
Auskan
Second, it is in the "chapter book" format- four short books which will hold the attention of a child of that age.
Bob S.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By deeper waters on December 31, 2010
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"Baseball Heroes" is a book that will interest young readers even if they do not have a particular passion for baseball. We are a nation obsessed with sports and the big name/big salaried athletes held in an unreasonably high esteem by folks of all ages. The four players in this book demonstrated skill on the field, but they are to be emulated for more than their batting or base running technique. Discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnicity or religious beliefs may be less overt today but the attitudes remain and are not unfamiliar to children. Each displayed strength of character and tenacity which served them and the players who followed, well. For children who cannot quite manage to read this independently, the book would be a good "read aloud" choice for parents or teachers to share and discuss. Recognizing inconsistent and hurtful behaviors that are part of someone else's story is the first step to naming similar experiences in our own life. The chapters are a manageable length and though they stand alone, each leads into the next. I would see this as more suited to the reading ability of children older than 8.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Auskan VINE VOICE on December 22, 2010
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I got this for a baseball-mad, young teenage boy. It is written in a style that is easy to read for a middle school aged reader. The "heroes" are ordinary people who excelled at Baseball against the odds such as race or religion and their story is compelling, yet the lesson is clear. If you have a sports mad reader, he or she will enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on January 27, 2011
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BASEBALL HEROES features four players who changed the history of baseball. They faced the odds against them to play the game they loved.

Hank Greenberg was born to immigrant parents in New York City. His dream to play baseball almost didn't happen. Being Jewish didn't make him popular with the fans or the other players, but he didn't let that stop him.

Jackie Robinson faced cruel taunts and segregated locker rooms to become the first African American major league player. He paved the way for huge changes in the way the nation viewed and accepted the talent of African American athletes.

Another player to change the look of major league baseball was Fernando Valenzuela. Born in Mexico, he not only convinced the baseball community that Latinos could contribute to the game, but the resulting "Fernandomania" lead Latinos and Mexican Americans to ball parks across the country.

Ila Borders didn't let being a girl stop her. Her dream was to be a major league pitcher. With her father's help she learned to pitch, and what followed was an outstanding high school and college pitching career that convinced several big league teams to give her a chance to live her dream.

Author Glenn Stout takes readers on a tour of some amazing baseball history. He presents the stories of the four players in this compelling and easy-to-read book. BASEBALL HEROES is one title of a new series by Stout called GOOD SPORTS. Baseball fans young and old are sure to enjoy it.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia VINE VOICE on February 24, 2011
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Good Sports focuses on 4 baseball heroes who overcame obstacles on their way to success. The author does a terrific job of explaining the situations each athlete faced without sensationalizing the difficulties. I also liked the fact that each athlete is portrayed as a regular person, not a superhero. When faced with problems such as prejudice or poverty, they don't blame others, but work hard to do their best and overcome.

The author recounts interesting and exciting moments, both high and low, in the subject's life that illustrate the problems faced and how their inner strength was used to overcome the situation. For example, when Jackie Robinson was asked to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and become the first African-American to do so, he was warned that he could not respond to prejudice by the fans with anger. Robinson didn't understand and thinks they want someone who is afraid to fight back. The Dodger's manager, however, explains that what is needed is someone who "has guts enough to not fight back."

I think any youngster would enjoy this book. More importantly, they could learn valuable lessons about working hard and never giving up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Peck on February 6, 2011
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My 8 year old son loves to play baseball. He plays other sports too but baseball is his favorite.

I like that he's in sports because I think playing teaches many good life lessons. This book is a nice way to reinforce some really important life lessons by looking at the lives of a few baseball players.

The book really is written in a style that will work well for younger kids. It's short and baseball terminology is explained. That said, I had fun reading it myself, as the stories of the players are told by giving play by play accounts from some of their more meaningful games. This keeps it from being too academic or preachy and provides an element of action and suspense.

Each player faced different sets of challenges and it is motivating to read how they took them on and overcame them. Good Sports is such a great moniker, as this book is not only about good sports but the good in sports.
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