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The World Series: Baseball’s Biggest Stage


Series
Spectacular Sports

by
Matt Doeden

Edition
-
Publisher
Lerner
Imprint
Millbrook
ISBN
9781467718967
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The World Series began in 1903 as a best-of-nine showdown between rival baseball leagues. It has evolved into a dramatic and storied national spectacle. World Series results. Glossary. Further reading and Web sites. Index. Full-color and black-and-white photographs.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

64

Trim Size

9" x 9"

Dewey

796.357/646

AR

6.1: points 2

Lexile

960L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

5

JLG Release

Mar 2014

Book Genres


Topics

World Series. Baseball. United States. Competition. Babe Ruth (1895-1948). Scandals. National League. American League. Stadiums. Baseball players.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

Junior Library Guild

  • This introduction to the biggest event in baseball covers a range of topics, demonstrating the intensity and drama of this long-standing competition. Its history varies from shutouts and heartbreaks to scandals, such as when Chicago White Sox players bet against themselves winning the 1919 World Series.
  • Photographs show the early days of the World Series as well as contemporary images, such as Albert Pujols hitting a home run in the 2011 Series.
  • Sports buffs will enjoy bulking up their knowledge of baseball’s biggest moments.
  • The layout is inviting, with brief, titled sections; text boxes; and action shots on nearly every spread.

School Library Journal

Doeden, a sports writer who has written numerous books for children, provides a history of the World Series. Because the event dates back to 1903—beginning formally when two leagues, the American League and the National League, agreed to play a “best-of-seven series in October”—much of this history can be found in other titles. Doeden highlights a variety of topics in chapters such as “Unforgettable: The Greatest World Series Games Ever Played,” “Coming up Clutch: The Best World Series Performers,” and “From the Black Sox to the Bloody Sock: Memorable World Series Moments.” Readers may be inspired to compare these “best” and “greatest” to those described in other sources, such as James Buckley’s World Series (DK, 2004). What makes this book stand out is the brief section with paragraphs on other baseball championships: the College World League, the Negro World League, and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, to name a few. Vintage photographs are included along with new colorful action shots in an attractive arrangement that moves the narrative text along. The book concludes with a two-page chart listing World Series results from 1903 to 2012. Here is a chance to update older collections with a new and appealing overview.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • This introduction to the biggest event in baseball covers a range of topics, demonstrating the intensity and drama of this long-standing competition. Its history varies from shutouts and heartbreaks to scandals, such as when Chicago White Sox players bet against themselves winning the 1919 World Series.
  • Photographs show the early days of the World Series as well as contemporary images, such as Albert Pujols hitting a home run in the 2011 Series.
  • Sports buffs will enjoy bulking up their knowledge of baseball’s biggest moments.
  • The layout is inviting, with brief, titled sections; text boxes; and action shots on nearly every spread.

School Library Journal

Doeden, a sports writer who has written numerous books for children, provides a history of the World Series. Because the event dates back to 1903—beginning formally when two leagues, the American League and the National League, agreed to play a “best-of-seven series in October”—much of this history can be found in other titles. Doeden highlights a variety of topics in chapters such as “Unforgettable: The Greatest World Series Games Ever Played,” “Coming up Clutch: The Best World Series Performers,” and “From the Black Sox to the Bloody Sock: Memorable World Series Moments.” Readers may be inspired to compare these “best” and “greatest” to those described in other sources, such as James Buckley’s World Series (DK, 2004). What makes this book stand out is the brief section with paragraphs on other baseball championships: the College World League, the Negro World League, and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, to name a few. Vintage photographs are included along with new colorful action shots in an attractive arrangement that moves the narrative text along. The book concludes with a two-page chart listing World Series results from 1903 to 2012. Here is a chance to update older collections with a new and appealing overview.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

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