Bill Bailey is the smallest member of the Blackhawks baseball team, but he can throw harder than anyone else on the team, including the regular pitcher. After hearing stories about “Little Lefty,” a pint-sized pitcher who made the big leagues, Bill is determined to earn some playing time. But just when he’s about to get his big break, he is sidelined by a freak accident. Will Bill finally get his chance to prove himself on the mound—or will his friend Larry persuade him to give up the game?

MATT CHRISTOPHER has written and published more than one hundred twenty novels, making him the most prolific and bestselling sportswriter for children and young adults ever. From books on football and baseball to soccer and skateboarding. His work has spanned three generations of readers, and new fans are joining the ranks every year.