Out of the Park!: True Stories of the Greatest Players Who Changed the Game

by James Buckley (Author)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade

Celebrate the greatest baseball players of all time, their major historical moments, and their love for the game with this illustrated collection of true baseball stories for kids.

Officially licensed with The Hall of Fame, Out of the Park! follows the incredible careers and lives of your favorite ballplayers, from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter. Each player's story is accompanied by background biographical information and either a beautiful illustration or original photograph from The Hall of Fame. Organized in chronological order, each section introduces a player and focuses on an important moment in their career.

Some of the significant players and their historical moments include: Babe Ruth establishes a single-season home run record that will last for 34 years in 1927. Ted Williams finishes the 1941 season with an average above .400, a magical mark attained by only a few. Joe DiMaggio establishes what many argue is baseball's most "unbreakable" record--a 56-game winning streak--in 1941. Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby break the MLB color barrier in the landmark 1947 season. Derek Jeter, "Captain Clutch," plays his last game, 2014, ending in a walk-off single to win the game.

Kids in the middle grades can reference the side bars in each section to find fun and engaging stats, facts, quotes, and more. Featuring over 150 players, this all-encompassing collection is your go-to reference for learning about great athletes. Authored by prolific sportswriter James Buckley Jr., Out of the Park! is the perfect addition to any sports library.

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James Buckley
James Buckley Jr. has written more than 50 books for kids, including Who Was Ernest Shackleton? and Who Was Roberto Clemente?

Manuel Gutierrez is an Argentinian illustrator with vast experience working internationally as a visual storyteller in the fields of comic books and advertising. Manuel was born in Neuquen, in the Argentinian Patagonia, and is a self-taught artist. He has worked for Marvel and DC Comics.
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Guided Reading Level
Becker & Mayer
Publication date
April 02, 2024
BISAC categories
JNF038100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States
JNF054010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball & Softball
JNF007100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
Library of Congress categories

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