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It's Outta Here: The Might and Majesty of the Home Run



by
Matt Doeden

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Lerner
Imprint
Millbrook Press
ISBN
9781728417165
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In 1921, New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth smashed a home run that sailed 575 feet (175 m), the longest homer ever hit in a Major League Baseball game. Ruth's home runs thrilled fans and revolutionized the game. One hundred years later, the home run is still the most exciting play in baseball.

Read about the longest, strangest, and most important home runs in baseball history. See how the game's superstars hit the ball so far, and learn about the ways players have cheated to hit home runs, from performance-enhancing drugs to corked bats and stolen signs. Take a high-flying journey from baseball's early days to today's biggest sluggers.“Home Run Records.” Glossary. Source notes. Suggestions for further reading. Index. Full-color and black-and-white photographs.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

64

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 9 1/4"

Dewey

796.357

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2021

Book Genres

Sports

Topics

Baseball. Home runs. Sports and recreation. History of US baseball. Athletes. Baseball players.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–From Babe Ruth ending the “dead ball” era with 11 homers in 1918 to the spectacular 2019 season, when four MLB teams overtook the previous team home run record of 267, the “long ball” has continued to be the “biggest play in baseball.” Readers encounter the rich history of the play and also the physics involved, including informative discussions of concepts like kinetic energy, exit velocity, and launch angle. Another chapter outlines 25 memorable dingers. In discussions of history, Doeden is frank about the racism that has bedeviled the game, noting, for example, the hate directed at Hank Aaron as he approached Ruth’s career home run record in 1974. Sidebar texts interspersed throughout highlight adjacent topics such as the use of steroids by players and the effect of altitude on ball travel in Denver’s Coors Field. They also showcase lesser-known players like Negro Leaguer Josh Gibson, who is reported to have hit a ball over the third deck at Yankee Stadium, and Sadaharu Oh, the Japanese slugger who notched 868 career homers in the 1960s and 70s. Copious photos from throughout the sport’s history, as well as helpful illustrations, keep the layout fresh and appealing. A page of source notes and a list of recommended books and websites, as well as a glossary and index, round out the back matter. VERDICT An easy sell for sports fans and reluctant readers, as well as an effective history resource, this book is recommended for most elementary and middle school collections.–Bob Hassett, Luther Jackson M.S., Falls Church, VA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–From Babe Ruth ending the “dead ball” era with 11 homers in 1918 to the spectacular 2019 season, when four MLB teams overtook the previous team home run record of 267, the “long ball” has continued to be the “biggest play in baseball.” Readers encounter the rich history of the play and also the physics involved, including informative discussions of concepts like kinetic energy, exit velocity, and launch angle. Another chapter outlines 25 memorable dingers. In discussions of history, Doeden is frank about the racism that has bedeviled the game, noting, for example, the hate directed at Hank Aaron as he approached Ruth’s career home run record in 1974. Sidebar texts interspersed throughout highlight adjacent topics such as the use of steroids by players and the effect of altitude on ball travel in Denver’s Coors Field. They also showcase lesser-known players like Negro Leaguer Josh Gibson, who is reported to have hit a ball over the third deck at Yankee Stadium, and Sadaharu Oh, the Japanese slugger who notched 868 career homers in the 1960s and 70s. Copious photos from throughout the sport’s history, as well as helpful illustrations, keep the layout fresh and appealing. A page of source notes and a list of recommended books and websites, as well as a glossary and index, round out the back matter. VERDICT An easy sell for sports fans and reluctant readers, as well as an effective history resource, this book is recommended for most elementary and middle school collections.–Bob Hassett, Luther Jackson M.S., Falls Church, VA

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