Book for Young Baseball Fans

With the World Series about to start, I have a book for young baseball fans.  This one delves into the stories of the players and the teams throughout the years that made an impact on the game.  It’s a little bit history and a lot baseball as it brings statistics to life for kids.

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Title: Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Baseballbook for young baseball fans legends in baseball

Author: Howard Bryant

Target: Grades 4-8

Series: There is a companion book about Football

What this book is about:

This book shares key moments in the history of baseball from the influential players, to the unbelievable catches, to the perfectly timed home runs. The author shares these stories in the context of the times and discusses racism, steroids and the social changes throughout the decades.

Why I love this book:

  • The historical context surrounding these stories is so important. It helps readers understand why certain individuals and moments in baseball are important in the greater context of the game. When Koufax refuses to pitch on Yom Kippur for example, readers learn that he became a hero to Jewish fans. The cultural changes of the 70’s represented by the long hair and white cleat of the Oakland A’s in 1972 challenged some of the traditional mores of baseball.
  • If you have a kid who loves baseball, this book will serve as a fabulous tutorial on the teams and players they need to know about to truly appreciate the game. Bryant encourages debate and wants kids to think about baseball from the beginning so that they can really measure greatness. He doesn’t shy away from the tougher realities of the past either.
  • Photos from all the stories presented are a fabulous addition. They really bring the individuals and accomplishments to life. I just wish they had been inserted within the stories instead of placed in the back of the book.

Who this book is for:

This book is for kids who love the game of baseball. There is plenty of statistics and baseball lingo used throughout so kids who don’t know the game might get a little lost. But for kids who follow the sport, this will be a treasure trove.

Final thoughts:

The book was published in 2015 so it misses the Chicago Cubs World Series win in 2016. I wonder where Bryant would have put that win the context of history?

To purchase this book:

Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Baseball.  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.