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our picks!: picture book sports biographies

Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

August 2007


Get inspired with this month's picks-- picture book biographies of sports greats from history!


In addition, we recently updated our sports collection with biographies of current sports figures.

Check out the list of new sports biography titles at the bottom of this page.


Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer

Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer

by Bill Wise, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth

EASY J 796.357 SOCKA


Louis Sockalexis loved baseball since he was a boy. When he couldn't find a game, he would toss stones out into the water to strengthen his arm, then hit more stones with a homemade bat to improve his swing. Louis played baseball in college, and was recruited by Cleveland Spiders. As the first Native American in the major leagues, Louis was booed and jeered on the field, and newspapers called him horrible names like "The Savage." Although Louis Sockalexis' career was short, he was one of the most versatile players in baseball-- he had a .862 slugging percentage in 1895, batted .441 over two seasons, set the U.S. amateur record for the longest throw (393 feet), and once stole six bases in a single game.



Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige
by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome



Leroy Paige's talent for throwing was discovered early on-- his mother often sent him to kill a chicken for dinner, something he had no trouble doing with just one carefully-aimed rock. He got the nickname "Satchel" from his work toting bags at the railroad station. Paige went on to become the first African-American to pitch in the World Series. He said, "Ain't no man can avoid being average, but ain't no man got to be common."

Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen

Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen

by Marissa Moss, illustrated by C.F. Payne

EASY J 796.357 MITCH

Jackie Mitchell had played baseball for as long as she could remember-- even if the sport "wasn't for girls." Jackie's dad had always told her that she could be good at anything she wanted, so long as she worked at it. And Jackie had worked hard at baseball. At only seventeen, she ended up in an exhibition baseball game-- pitching to Babe Ruth! Did she strike him out? And what happened when Lou Gehrig came up to bat? You'll have to read the book to find out what happens!  


Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth

Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth

by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Mike Wimmer



This is the story of George Herman Ruth, Jr., who started his career with the Baltimore Orioles at age nineteen, earning him the nickname "Babe." When Babe retired in 1935 with 714 home runs, he'd hit more than twice as many home runs during his career than any other player in the game. This book features amazing oil paintings, combined with a simple text. Each page also features a baseball card-style inset which give you more information on Babe's amazing baseball career.





Jim Thorpe's Bright Path

Jim Thorpe's Bright Path

by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by S.D. Nelson



James Thorpe was born in 1887, in the territory that would later become Oklahoma. His mother nicknamed him "Wa-tho-huck," or "Bright Path." Young Jim was sent off to boarding school, where he fell in love with football. He was a little small for the sport at the time, since he was only 100 pounds and a little less than five feet tall. Jim was recruited by Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, where he excelled at track and field-- and football. Jim was a little bigger now, and so quick and nimble that he could run the ball all the way across the field without getting tackled. Jim Thorpe was good at every sport he tried, and went on to win Olympic track and field medals, and play professional baseball and football!




Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali

Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali

by Jim Haskins, illustrated by Eric Velasquez


For his twelfth birthday, young Cassius Clay receive a beautiful red bike, which was stolen almost as soon as he received it. Cassius wanted to find the thief-- and beat him up! A policeman told him he ought to learn how to fight first, and offered to teach Cassius to box. This book will tell you how a loudmouth kid named Cassius became boxing great Muhammad Ali.



Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella

Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella

by David A. Adler, illustrated by Gordon C. James

EASY J 796.357 CAMPA

Roy Campanella grew up playing stickball-- baseball played with a broomstick and a rubber ball. Roy was drafted into the Negro Leagues at just 15. He went on to become one of the first African-Americans, and the first African-American catcher, to play for the Major Leagues. Campanella, nicknamed "Campy," was loved by both fans and players for his good nature. He was chosen as the National League's all-star catcher eight years in a row, and was voted league MVP in 1951, 1953, and 1955. In 1958, Campanella's was in a car accident that left him paralyzed. Although his baseball career was over, Campy kept up his positive attitude, and set up a scholarship foundation for people with disabilities.



Also, take a look at these brand-new sports biographies on current stars:



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