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Just as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America's Game



by
Chris Crowe
illustrated by
Mike Benny

Edition
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Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9780763650261
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It’s game four of the 1948 World Series. Will Larry Doby—one of only two African Americans in the majors—prove racist critics wrong and lead his team to a win? Historical note. Bibliography. Full-color acrylic illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

9 3/4" x 11 15/16"

Dewey

E

AR

4.9: points 0.5

Lexile

AD690L

Scholastic Reading Counts

1

JLG Release

Feb 2012

Topics

Larry Doby (1923-2003). The Cleveland Indians baseball team. History. Baseball. African Americans. Steve Gromek (1920-2002). The 1948 World Series.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

Junior Library Guild

  • Tells the little-known story of underappreciated baseball star Larry Doby, who was the second African American to play in the major leagues—after the legendary Jackie Robinson—and the first in the American League.
  • Doby’s story is told through the eyes of Homer, a boy in 1948 who is turned away from Little League because of his race. Homer and Daddy’s struggles for equality emphasize the implications of Doby’s performance for the entire civil rights movement.
  • A suspenseful play-by-play account of game four of the 1948 World Series is exciting and lively.
  • Mike Benny’s welcoming illustrations show how excitement about the game extends from the crowd in Cleveland Stadium to Homer’s family’s kitchen.

School Library Journal

Eleven weeks after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier with the National League’s Brooklyn Dodgers, Doby signed with the Cleveland Indians, in the American League. While his achievement has not been as celebrated as Robinson’s, the need for him to succeed was just as important. It validated Robinson’s Rookie of the Year accomplishment, proving that he wasn’t a fluke, and that African-American players could succeed in baseball just as well as white athletes. Doby’s story—and particularly his 1948 season with the World Champion Indians—is seen through the eyes of Homer, an African-American child who is crazy about baseball. He, too, faces disappointment when his Little League coach tells him he can’t play because he is black (an abruptly cruel moment in an otherwise uplifting book). Homer and his father follow Doby’s every move, fully aware of the history they are witnessing. It is the familial context that gives the book its punch. Period details, such as hurrying to the local drugstore to listen to the World Series games on the radio, combine with play-by-play drama to flesh out a compelling story. Benny’s acrylic paintings focus on the characters—Doby, Homer, his mother and father—placing them in the spotlight at various moments. A compelling look at one of the game’s trailblazers.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • Tells the little-known story of underappreciated baseball star Larry Doby, who was the second African American to play in the major leagues—after the legendary Jackie Robinson—and the first in the American League.
  • Doby’s story is told through the eyes of Homer, a boy in 1948 who is turned away from Little League because of his race. Homer and Daddy’s struggles for equality emphasize the implications of Doby’s performance for the entire civil rights movement.
  • A suspenseful play-by-play account of game four of the 1948 World Series is exciting and lively.
  • Mike Benny’s welcoming illustrations show how excitement about the game extends from the crowd in Cleveland Stadium to Homer’s family’s kitchen.

School Library Journal

Eleven weeks after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier with the National League’s Brooklyn Dodgers, Doby signed with the Cleveland Indians, in the American League. While his achievement has not been as celebrated as Robinson’s, the need for him to succeed was just as important. It validated Robinson’s Rookie of the Year accomplishment, proving that he wasn’t a fluke, and that African-American players could succeed in baseball just as well as white athletes. Doby’s story—and particularly his 1948 season with the World Champion Indians—is seen through the eyes of Homer, an African-American child who is crazy about baseball. He, too, faces disappointment when his Little League coach tells him he can’t play because he is black (an abruptly cruel moment in an otherwise uplifting book). Homer and his father follow Doby’s every move, fully aware of the history they are witnessing. It is the familial context that gives the book its punch. Period details, such as hurrying to the local drugstore to listen to the World Series games on the radio, combine with play-by-play drama to flesh out a compelling story. Benny’s acrylic paintings focus on the characters—Doby, Homer, his mother and father—placing them in the spotlight at various moments. A compelling look at one of the game’s trailblazers.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

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