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From Library Journal
Do you know that George W. was a Little Leaguer? More to the point, humorist Dave Barry is also a graduate of Little League, and he writes an amusing introduction to a solid book about this American institution. Little League has now been around for more than half a century, and this new history fills a gap in library collections that often focus solely on major league baseball history. This well-illustrated, popularly written account should be on the shelves of every library that serves a community with a Little League team. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A Delightful Walk Down the Storied History of Little League Baseball
"'Play Ball!' is a delightful walk down the storiedhistory of Little League Baseball. For those of us who played the dreams ofyour youth, it brings back mighty memories. For those of us reluctant adultswho still dream, it's a wonderful reminder of what might have been."
Very imformative, well written, but needs more imformation about rules, and regulations on tournament play. Great list of champions in all tournaments, except the 50/70 Intermediate division. The history is very well presented, and is very relevant.
Having grown up playing in the Original Little League and knowing most of the volunteers who made it a success, the book provided insight into what transpired during the 1950,s that changed its course in later years.
It is a story of devoted parents and dedicated leaders who chose this unusual way to teach children some of the most important lessons of life, lessons in loyalty, devotion, skill, teamwork, competition, losing, winning and persistence. Since baseball requires only short bursts of energy rather than endurance, it is well suited for younger children. This history of the Little League organization is also a story of conscientious leaders adapting to change during wars and other cultural crises. Their efforts encouraged the playing of baseball by children in countries all over the world, an achievement documented in the appendix of the book. It is an inspiring story.