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Able to Play: Good Sports


Series
Good Sports

by
Glenn Stout

Edition
Exclusive hardcover edition
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imprint
Sandpiper
ISBN
9780547893419
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Adaptability and sheer determination helped Mordecai “Three Fingers” Brown and three other professional baseball players turn their disabilities into strengths. Sources and further reading. Appendix of featured players’career statistics. Black-and-white photograph of each athlete.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

112

Trim Size

5 1/8" x 7 5/8"

Dewey

796.3570922 B

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

1050L

Scholastic Reading Counts

7

JLG Release

Jul 2012

Topics

Professional baseball players with disabilities. Baseball. Disabilities. Biography. Mordecai Brown (1876-1948). Ron Santo (1940-2010). Jim Abbott (1967-). Curtis Pride (1968-).

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Stout highlights baseball players who have overcome physical challenges to pursue their dreams of a major-league career. Readers meet Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown, who had a Hall of Fame pitching career despite having lost most of his right index finger in a farming accident as a child; Ron Santo, who played third base for the Cubs while (initially) keeping his Type 1 diabetes a secret; Jim Abbott, who was born with one arm yet became one of a select group to pitch a no-hitter; and Curtis Pride, who played 13 years in the majors despite being deaf. Stout describes how these men learned to compensate for their handicaps and, although they all realized they would have to work harder and prove themselves, never actually considered themselves less capable of playing baseball than anyone else. The writing is clear and accessible, incorporating biographical material with play-by-play action of key moments in each player’s career. A baseball-card-type photo and a page of career stats are included for each profile. Stout includes sources and further reading, and even describes his research methods, making a plug for libraries and librarians and the aid they can provide to youngsters interested in pursuing further information. This is a book that can be read for research or fun and will have broad appeal among sports fans.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Stout highlights baseball players who have overcome physical challenges to pursue their dreams of a major-league career. Readers meet Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown, who had a Hall of Fame pitching career despite having lost most of his right index finger in a farming accident as a child; Ron Santo, who played third base for the Cubs while (initially) keeping his Type 1 diabetes a secret; Jim Abbott, who was born with one arm yet became one of a select group to pitch a no-hitter; and Curtis Pride, who played 13 years in the majors despite being deaf. Stout describes how these men learned to compensate for their handicaps and, although they all realized they would have to work harder and prove themselves, never actually considered themselves less capable of playing baseball than anyone else. The writing is clear and accessible, incorporating biographical material with play-by-play action of key moments in each player’s career. A baseball-card-type photo and a page of career stats are included for each profile. Stout includes sources and further reading, and even describes his research methods, making a plug for libraries and librarians and the aid they can provide to youngsters interested in pursuing further information. This is a book that can be read for research or fun and will have broad appeal among sports fans.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

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