Baseball Pals (Power Pitcher)

Jimmie’s selfish move could ruin the whole team…. When Jimmie is elected captain of his baseball team, his first decision is to appoint himself pitcher — much to his teammates’ dismay. They already have a good pitcher, Paul. When Jimmie’s pitches fail to find their mark, his teammates let it be known that they want …

Challenge at Second Base

Stan Martin’s chances of playing second base seem next to zero at the start of the season. His rival for the position, Gary Newman, looks tough to beat. Stan loves baseball — maybe even more than his brother, Phil, who played pro ball until quitting suddenly the year before — but after experiencing a few …

On the Field with…Albert Pujols

“Since his rookie year in 2001, Albert Pujols has been a rising star in Major League Baseball.  He’s already shattered records and led his team, the St. Louis Cardinals, to victory at the 2006 World Series.  A team player and determined athlete.  He’s both a superstar and a great role model for kids.”

At the Plate with… Ken Griffey, Jr.: Updated Edition

Ken Griffey Jr., son of former pro player Ken Griffey Sr., has baseball in his blood. From his early years hanging out at Yankee Stadium with his father through his high school days as a baseball star, Ken Jr. was destined to bring greatness to whatever team he played for. And as a member of …

At the Plate with…Mark McGwire

When St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire hit home-run number 62 on September 8, 1998, he broke a record few thought could ever be broken-Roger Maris’s 61 homers in one season had stood since 1961. Yet Mark McGwire did not just beat that mark, he pulverized it by smacking 70 home runs by the end of …

At the Plate with…Mo Vaughn

When Red Sox first baseman Mo Vaughn strides to the plate, he radiates energy and power. With one mighty swing, he can turn a two-run deficit into a two-run lead. And in the field, he makes the plays that count. But it hasn’t always been this way. Only through hard work, determination, and a willingness …

At the Plate with…Sammy Sosa

Sammy Sosa is not called “Slammin’ Sammy” for nothing. This powerhouse slugger from the Chicago Cubs achieved a feat many thought to be impossible-beating Roger Maris’s home-run record. Along with Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa captivated the attention of the world and helped to revitalize the popularity of the sport of baseball as he kept the …

On the Mound with…Greg Maddux

Four consecutive Cy Young Awards. The lowest earned run average in the National League three years in a row. Three-time league leader for number of games won. Without a doubt, Greg Maddux is the best pitcher in baseball today. He may not throw ninety-five-mile-an-hour fastballs, but he can hurl every pitch in the book with …

On the Field with Alex Rodriguez

The 24th title in this top-selling sports series reviews the life of a dazzling baseball player… Alex Rodriguez is the one of the most electrifying baseball players to hit the diamond in recent years. Drafted right out of high school, he has suffered none of the adjustment problems that typically plague young players. On the …

At the Plate with…Ichiro

When Ichiro was three years old, his father introduced him to baseball. For seventeen years, Ichiro played the sport he loved in his home country of Japan. He became not only that country’s greatest baseball player, but its biggest celebrity of all times. Then, in 2000, he left Japan to join the Seattle Mariners. Would …