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Who Got Game?: Baseball

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Great book! Kept my son's interest who loves sports. I also enjoyed this book as an adult. Great stories
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Great design and layout. Covers all kinds of topics related to baseball. Definitely hand to any students who are sports enthusiasts and are ok with a bit of history.
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Who Got Game? is the perfect book for the young baseball fanatic in your home. Or even for an older fan who likes knowing the tiny tidbits of trivia. It is put together in a way that is visually captivating. It is also a quick read. Just about an hour and you can read the entire book.
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I've never been much interested in sports. I don't play them and have never cared to watch them. I am generally indifferent towards reading about them. But I rather enjoyed this one. It's all about extremes. Firsts, bests, worsts, and simply amazing stories. There are a few sections related to statistics and team management that were less interesting to me, but the parts about mascots were far more fascinating than I'd anticipated. If you like trivia, give this one a look.
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My daughter just started her first year of softball and the day after her first practice we went out to watch a local high school baseball game. Immediately she started telling me all about the game, the names of the positions, the rules of the game, etc… and she started asking a few questions. I was able to drop a little bit of knowledge of her, some of it coming from Derrick Barnes’s superb YA compendium of baseball stories, facts, and lore. Partnered with high-quality illustrations by John John Bajet, the author runs down bios of “Pivotal Players,” the stats in “Radical Records,” and some inspirational stories in “Colossal Comebacks.”

I appreciated that Barnes chose to write about a diverse selection of talent, from Hall of Famers like Hank Greenberg, Sadaharu Oh (whose fascinating autobiography I read when I was growing up), and Babe Ruth to little-known athletes who played the game. These include Lizzie Murphy, the first woman to play on a major league team, and Kim Ng, who is now the highest ranking woman in baseball history. Barnes also does a good job connecting the stats and data to the stories. Some sports books can get stuck in the stats and veer too far away from the real people, especially in the baseball world these days, but this one focuses on the interesting lives in the game we love.

I will happily continue to share baseball stories with my daughter. This book is perfect for just that!

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley, Workman Publishing, and the author for an advanced copy for review.
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Great and informative book for kids about baseball.  I consider myself a big baseball fan, and there were stories in here that even I wasn't aware of.  Would totally recommend.
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Baseball lovers will be enthralled by, Who Got Game.  Part history, part sport, part just plain interesting!  This book chronicles many of the lesser known stars of baseball’s past.  Readers will be engrossed from the first page of this title and long for more stories when the book is finished.  Even those most knowledgeable about baseball may find stories they have never heard, stories worth repeating and sharing.
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Truly a natural cycle! You single out to centre field and get the reader primed. You double to left and fill me with quick, articulate facts. A triple to deep right leaves the reader wondering what more could possibly be discovered about the beautiful game. Then, a blast over centre and a grand slam at that! Great caricatures. Awesome stories about little known and important highlights of the game. A tip of the hat to you. This will become a "must read" for lovers of the game. 
 In light of the the 2019 World Series record you might want to have a addendum. (P.S. Check out the Exploratorium.edu website for fun baseball science.)
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