Babe & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman

By Dan Gutman

On October 1, 1932, in the course of video game 3 of the Chicago Cubs -- ny Yankees international sequence, Babe Ruth belted a protracted domestic run to straightaway centerfield. in keeping with legend, earlier than he hit, Babe pointed to the bleachers and boldly anticipated he might slam the subsequent pitch there.

Did he name the shot or did not he? Witnesses by no means agreed. Like different baseball fanatics, Joe Stoshack desires to be aware of the reality. yet not like different enthusiasts, Joe has the astounding skill to commute via time and remedy one in every of baseball's maximum puzzles....

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I promised your mom I’d have you home within three days. Besides, I have one more idea that could make us a pile of money. ” I teased. My dad struck a batting pose and pointed across the street the same way Babe Ruth supposedly pointed to the centerfield bleachers. The sign on the window said: DAVIS SPORTING GOODS—BASEBALL EQUIPMENT. GOLF CLUBS. DUMBELLS. Dad must have realized he wasn’t going to make a fortune by putting money in a bank for seventy years or by betting on the World Series. To be honest, they both sounded like crackpot ideas, once I took the time to think them through.

I patted my pockets. All I could come up with was the pack of baseball cards I had brought with me to get us home. “I could have him sign a card,” I suggested. “Forget that,” Dad snorted. ” Babe yelled. ” Dad and I looked around on the ground frantically to see if we could find a scrap of paper. But everybody had scooped them up already. I think Dad and I saw it at the same moment. A little boy ran by. As he passed us, a piece of paper fell out of his pocket. The boy didn’t notice. I pounced on the paper.

He held it over his head, straight up and down. Then he leaned back and put the knob end of the bat on his nose. When he had the bat balanced, he took his hands off it. “One…two…three…four…” everybody counted. The Babe kept balancing the bat on his nose. Soon the bat wobbled a bit, and Babe moved his head to the right to keep the bat steady. He went a little too far, and the bat wobbled the other way. It was impossible for him to balance it anymore. Before the chant reached “seven,” the bat toppled over and clonked him right on the head.

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