By Dan Gutman
He was once the world's maximum athlete, and a hero—until his medals have been taken away. Stosh is stunned while his enemy, Bobby Fuller, begs him for a desire. He desires Stosh to take him again in time to satisfy local American Jim Thorpe—an Olympic champion who misplaced his medals in a scandal. Thorpe went directly to play specialist baseball and soccer, yet he may possibly by no means back in attaining such repute. His identify was once disgraced. sign up for Stosh and Fuller on a quest to avoid wasting Jim's recognition. you are going to meet Christy Mathewson, John McGraw, and the remainder of the recent York Giants during this 8th interesting, action-packed baseball card experience!
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Not exactly,” I admitted. After I washed up, I told them what I’d learned about Jim Thorpe. Uncle Wilbur said he remembered Thorpe as a football player, but even he was too young to remember the 1912 Olympics. “I don’t trust that Fuller boy,” Mom said as she put some vegetables on my plate. “What if you two go back in time and he steals your baseball card? You’ll have no way to get home. You’ll be stuck in the past forever. ” 28 JIM & ME She was right. And it hadn’t crossed my mind. “I wouldn’t put it past him,” I said.
Maybe Bobby wanted to go back in time and change history. And I was the only one who could help him. I was feeling . . well, ambivalent. And when I’m feeling ambivalent, I’ll tell you what I do. I take a sheet of paper and put a line down the middle. I write PRO on one side of the line and CON on the other. Then I try to figure out which side of the paper deserves to win. I thought about that last point on the PRO side. It was a long shot, but maybe if Bobby went back in 27 DAN G UTMAN time and met his great-grandfather it would turn him around as a person, help him solve his personal problems.
The tingles washed across my chest and down my legs. There was no stopping it now. I couldn’t drop the card if I wanted to. I could feel my body getting lighter. Molecule by molecule, I was vanishing from the present day. My whole body was vibrating. I wanted so badly to open my eyes and watch myself disappear, but I didn’t dare. And then, finally, the wave crashed against the sand. We were gone. ” BOBBY SCREAMED. I opened my eyes just in time to see a ball flying right at my head. But it wasn’t a baseball.