Becoming Babe Ruth

2013
Becoming Babe Ruth

 

George Herman Ruth got into a lot of trouble as a child, and got himself sent to a reform school (St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys) at the young age of seven.  While George didn't like most things about St. Mary's, he did like baseball.  Here, George learns to play every position there is in baseball, and he practices and practices.  He gets seen by many scouts, including Jack Dunn, owner of the Baltimore Orioles, a minor-league team, and is offered a contract.  He earns his nickname "Babe" at this time.  He is so good that his contract gets sold to the Boston Red Sox, and then it gets sold to the New York Yankees for $125,000.  That was the most any team had ever paid for a baseball player.  So even though Babe Ruth had been sent to a reform school, he grew up to become one of the best baseball players in baseball history and his name has become known as a household name, even to those who aren't baseball fans. 

An author's note is included, as well as pitching statistics and hitting statistics.  The illustrations are charming--watercolor, gouache, and pencil.  Matt Tavares has done a fantastic job bringing Babe Ruth's story to life.

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