Before the Seattle Mariners, there were the Seattle Rainiers who are playing for the pennant in this story that shows how baseball unites diverse communities. Tour the Seattle of 1955 with Huey as he and his neighborhood cheer for the Seattle Rainiers. If only Huey can find his missing ticket to the game!
This nostalgic and historical picture book follows Huey through South Seattle as he retraces his steps through the charming neighborhood surrounding Sick's Stadium to find his lost ticket--and follows him through the big game to victory. Neighbors from all different backgrounds listen to the game, announced by the beloved Leo Lassen, as Huey visits locally owned shops like the Italian bakery and the Japanese fish market. Featuring the vibrant retro illustrations by Larry Gets Lost series creator John Skewes, Ticket to the Pennant celebrates diversity and will be cherished by baseball fans young and old.
PreS-Gr 2--In this picture book tale, a boy scurries around his 1950s Seattle neighborhood looking for his lost ticket to the day's championship game. Friendly neighbors and small business owners try to help until Huey discovers that he put it inside his baseball cap. The familiar lost ticket plot is an excuse for a nostalgic visit to this diverse neighborhood, with its mom-and-pop storefronts, Italian bakeries, and Japanese fishmongers. Like Huey, all are fans of their beloved minor league team, the Seattle Rainiers, predecessors to today's Major League Mariners. The 1955 Rainiers contended for the Pacific Coast League's pennant, led by talented players including Bobby Balcena, a fan favorite and the first player of Filipino descent to play in the major leagues (seven games with Cincinnati in 1956). As the ballpark action reaches its climax, announcer Leo Lassen's colorful play-by-play sets the mood: "Not a fingernail left in the stadium, folks." An author's note adds information on Balcena and the history of the Rainiers. Cartoon illustrations with lots of period detail further add to the book's nostalgic look. VERDICT A slight but still appealing story for baseball fans, especially in the Pacific Northwest; this may also interest teachers looking to enliven social studies and U.S. history units.--Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CACopyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.