BASEBALL STORIES STORIES FOR GRADES 4-6 Baron, Nancy. Tuesday’s Child. 1984. Although Grace intends to become the first female in baseball’s big leagues, Grace’s mother insists she take ballet lessons on the very days her league practices and plays. Brooks, Bruce. Throwing smoke. 2000. When his teammates on the Breadhurst Newts baseball team continue their losing ways. Whiz uses an unusual printing press to create several star players in hopes of winning a game. Butler, Dori. Sliding into Home. 2003. A teenage girl is determined to play baseball rather than softball. Christopher, Matt. Double Play at Short. 1995. Twelve- year-old Danny thinks there is something very familiar about the girl who plays shortstop on the team he faces during the championship series, and his curiosity leads him to a surprising discovery about his own adoption. (Also, see other titles by Matt Christopher in hardcover and paperback.) Cohen, Barbara. Thank You, Jackie Robinson. 1974. Sam, an avid Dodger fan, develops a strong friendship with Davy, a sixty-year-old black man who comes to work at his mother’s inn and is the only one with whom he can share his enthusiasm for baseball. Corbett, Scott. The Baseball Bargain. 1970. This baseball story is about a boy who, tempted to steal a mitt, instead strikes a bargain with the storekeeper whereby he earns the mitt by working in the store. Also, The Baseball Trick. 1965. Dygard, Thomas J. Infield Hit. 1995. After transferring to a new high school during his junior year, Hal tries to make friends, gain a starting position on the baseball team, and hide the fact that his dad is a famous ex-major leaguer. Elish, Dan. Jason and the Baseball Bear. 1990. Fourth- grader Jason, the only member of his Little League team who can talk with animals, improves his team’s chances to win the championship with the help of an elderly polar bear named Whitney. Greenberg, Daniel A. The Great Baseball Card Hunt. 1992. It’s a brand-new season for the struggling Southside Sluggers and they have a new coach and high hopes for a good year. But they need their combined talents to solve a challenging series of riddles that lead to a hidden cache of rare baseball cards. Hall, Donald. When Willard Met Babe Ruth. 1995. A boy meets the young Babe Ruth and along with his family follows the Babe’s long and illustrious career. Hughes, Dean. Team Picture. 1996. Trying to hold on to the newfound stability of his life in a foster home, thirteen-year-old David worries about the growing moodiness of his guardian Paul and the fluctuating fortunes of his Pony League baseball team. Kelly, Jeffrey. The Basement Baseball Club. 1987. The Roader team members spend the summer trying to beat their local rivals in sandlot baseball. Konigsburg, E. L. About the B’nail Bagles. 1969. A hilarious story about poor Mark whose mother is the manager and older brother is the coach of his Little League baseball team. Korman, Gordon. The Toilet Paper Tigers. 1993. When his Little League team gets a coach who knows nothing about baseball, seventh grader Corey is dismayed to see the team taken over by the coach’s pushy twelve-year-old granddaughter. Lord, Bette Bao. In The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. 1984. In 1947, a Chinese child comes to Brooklyn, where she starts to feel at home and make friends when she discovers baseball and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Lynch, Chris. Gold Dust. 2000. In 1975, twelve-year-old Richard befriends Napoleon, a Caribbean newcomer to his Catholic school, hoping that Napoleon will learn to love baseball and the Red Sox, and will win acceptance in the racially polarized Boston School. Park, Barbara. Skinnybones. 1982. Alex’s active sense of humor helps him get along with the school braggart, make the most of his athletic talents, and simply get by in a hectic world. Rallison, Janette. Playing the Field. 2002. Thirteen- year-old McKay tries to keep up his algebra grade to stay on the baseball team, while dealing with his attraction to a girl named Serena. Ritter, John. The Boy Who Saved Baseball. 2003. The fate of a small California town rests on the outcome of a baseball game. Russell, Barbara. Blue Lightning. 1997. When a bolt of lightning provides twelve-year-old Calvin with an out-of- body experience, he meets the spirit of the father he never knew and brings a troubled ghost named Rory back to the living world with him – only to see Rory threaten his chances of pitching in a baseball game. Slote, Alfred. Finding Buck McHenry. 1991. Eleven-year- old Jason, believing the school custodian Mack Henry to be Buck McHenry, a famous pitcher from the old Negro League, tries to enlist him as a coach for his Little League team by revealing his identity to the world. Slote, Alfred. Hang Tough, Paul Mather. 1973. Paul is a dynamic Little League pitcher, but a serious illness keeps him from doing his favorite thing. Slote, Alfred. Rabbit Ears. 1982. Tip has been a good pitcher, but he becomes too sensitive to the jeers and taunts of the older players and loses his concentration. The solution to the problem involves more than just baseball. Slote, Alfred. The Trading Game. 1990. During a summer of baseball and baseball card trading, eleven-year-old Andy makes discoveries about his father, his grandfather, who played professional baseball, and himself. Smith, Robert Kimmel. Bobby Baseball. 1989. Ten-year-old Bobby is passionate about baseball and convinced that he is a great player. The only problem is to get a chance to prove his skill, especially to his father. Soto, Gary. Boys at Work. 1995. When ten-year-old Rudy breaks an older boy’s Discman at a baseball game, he and his friend Alex come up with a variety of ways to make money to pay for it. Stolz, Mary. Stealing Home. 1992. Though they still listen to baseball and go fishing, Thomas and his grandfather find life in their small town in Florida changed when Great-Aunt Lucy comes to stay. Testa, Maria. Some Kind of Pride. 2001. Named after the greatest baseball player of all time, eleven-year-old Ruth dreams of becoming a major league baseball player until she overhears her father lamenting the fact that she is a girl. Tunis, John R. The Kid From Tomkinsville. 1940. As the newest addition to the Brooklyn dodgers, young Roy Tucker’s pitching helps pull the team out of a slump; but, when a freak accident ends his career as a pitcher, he must try to find another place for himself on the team. Also, The Kid Comes Back (1946) and Highpockets. 1948 Walker, Paul Robert. The Sluggers Club: A Sports Mystery. 1993. When baseball equipment starts disappearing from B. J.’s Little League team, he and his friends form the Sluggers Club to investigate the crime. Wolff, Virginia Euwer. Bat 6. 1998. In small-town post- World War II Oregon, twenty-one sixth grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game.