April 7th is the birthday of Major League Baseball players Adrián Beltré (Seattle Mariners), Ronnie Belliard (Washington Nationals), and Brett Tomko (New York Yankees), and Good Friday (this upcoming Friday the 10th of April) is Tigers’ Opening Day! Whether or not you were lucky enough to get tickets to this once-a-year event (or if you’re hardy enough to brave the wild April snow), here are some great baseball books to read on the car trip there:
The Story of the
This history of our hometown team tells how it was founded, and details some of the earliest and best-known players.
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All My Octobers: My memories of twelve World Series when the Yankees ruled baseball – Mickey Mantle
For many baseball fans, Mickey Mantle is synonymous with the golden age of baseball in the 1950s. Along with two other autobiographies, Mick and My Favorite Summer, this book is all about the winning spirit of the Yankees.
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Free Baseball – Sue Corbett
Felix is an 11-year-old baseball fan and player in his heart. His father was famous, too, before he left Felix and his mom alone. Now, Felix joins a minor league baseball team as their bat boy, hoping that it will bring him closer to his long-lost dad.
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Baseball Fever: Early baseball in
Did you know that baseball was played in
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Babe & Me: A baseball card adventure – Dan Gutman
13-year-old Joe Stoshack can travel through time using his baseball card collection in this series by Gutman, who also writes the My Weird School Days books. In this short novel, Joe takes his father with him to see if Babe Ruth really called his home run in the 1932 World Series.
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Ernie Harwell: My sixty years in baseball – Ernie Harwell
The voice of Tigers’ baseball, Ernie Harwell has his own exhibit at the Detroit Public Library, and is famous not only for his voice, but for naming the original Tiger Stadium “the corner of Michigan and Trumbull” or, just “the corner.” Harwell is still working with the city of
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