Synopses & Reviews
In the mid 1800s the sport of baseball was working its way across the United States. Amateur teams were springing up and in 1858 the National Association of Base Ball Players was formed. Young men were eager to show their prowess on the field and in the batter's box.
Lipman Pike's father, a Dutch immigrant, runs a small haberdashery in Brooklyn, New York, though Lip is more interested in watching the ball players than working behind the counter. His mother doesn't approve -- Jewish boys should be paying attention to more sensible matters. But when Lip is barely a teenager, he's invited to join the Nationals Junior Club and play first base. When he hits his first pitch over the right fielder's head, Lip knows baseball is the sport for him.
"Michelson and Pullen recreate a slice of immigrant life in mid 19th-century Brooklyn in their story of Jewish baseball player Lipman Pike, one of the first 'professional' athletes. The son of a Dutch haberdasher, Pike discovered an early knack for playing ball, and, despite ethnic discrimination, he was invited (by Boss Tweed) to play for the New York Mutuals before joining the Troy Haymakers, a professional league. Pullen's expressive paintings feature lots of mid-action moments and exaggerated angles, and are populated by characters with facial expressions that feel like affectionate caricatures. Readers should gain a vivid picture of Pike and the fledging days of baseball. Ages 6 10. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.