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Babe & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure [Paperback]

By Dan Gutman (Author)
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With their ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe and his father have the opportunity to find out whether Babe Ruth really did call his shot when he hit that home run in the third game of the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs. Reprint.

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On October 1, 1932, during Game Three of the Chicago Cubs -- New York Yankees World Series, Babe Ruth belted a long home run to straightaway centerfield. According to legend, just before he hit, Babe pointed to the bleachers and boldly predicted he would slam the next pitch there.

Did he call the shot or didn't he? Witnesses never agreed. Like other baseball fans, Joe Stoshack wants to know the truth. But unlike other fans, Joe has the astonishing ability to travel through time and solve one of baseball's greatest puzzles....

Citations And Professional Reviews
Babe & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 03/18/2002
  • PW Notes and Reprints - 03/18/2002 page 106
  • Kliatt - 05/01/2002 page 26

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Item Specifications...

Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   161
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.4" Width: 5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 5, 2002
Publisher   HarperTrophy
Age  8-12
Edition  Harper Trophy  
ISBN  0380805049  
ISBN13  9780380805044  
UPC  046594005953  

Availability  0 units.

More About Dan Gutman

Dan Gutman I was born in New York City on October 19, 1955. When I was about a year old, my family moved to Newark, New Jersey, where I spent my childhood. It was pretty uneventful until June 1, 1968, when I came home from a Little League game and found that my dad had suddenly abandoned my mom, my sister Lucy, and me. It was pretty traumatic, as you can imagine, but we all survived.

I attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, graduating in 1977 with a degree in psychology. After spending a few unhappy years in graduate school, I decided that psychology was not for me. What I really wanted to do, I decided, was to be a writer.

I wanted to write humor, like Art Buchwald and Erma Bombeck. So I moved to New York City in 1980 (where all starving writers go) and began cranking out “humorous essays.” My essays weren't particularly funny, though I did publish some in a Staten Island newspaper, the Advance. My first check (for $15) is on the wall over my desk as I write this. I also had some of my photos published in the children's humor magazines Cracked and Crazy.

I tried writing magazine articles, with little success. I wrote a few screenplays, but never sold them. I thought I had some good book ideas, but publishers weren't interested. I received hundreds of rejection letters. It was very frustrating, but I was very determined and persistent. I felt that I had some ability as a writer, but I didn't know where to direct it.

In 1982 the video game Pac-Man was a huge craze, and I started a video games magazine called Video Games Player. This was the first (and only) job I ever had. The magazine sold pretty well, and two years later it was renamed Computer Games. Most importantly, I met my future wife Nina while working on the magazine. She is an illustrator, and we hired her to draw game screens. We got married in 1983. When Computer Games went out of business in 1985, I decided to take a gamble and become a full time freelance writer. At first I wrote about computers, but gradually I started tackling other topics. Eventually, my writing creeped into Esquire, Newsweek, Science Digest, Writer's Digest, Success, Psychology Today, New Woman, USA Today, and The Village Voice. I was gaining confidence as a writer, but I still hadn't found the type of writing I really wanted to do.

In 1987, I decided to try my hand at writing about something I always loved — sports. I sold an article to Discover magazine about the science behind the spitball, scuffball, and corked bats. This led to my first adult baseball book, It Ain't Cheatin' If You Don't Get Caught. It sold pretty well, and I wrote several more baseball books for adults. None of them were big sellers, but it was a lot more fun than writing about computers.

In 1992, when my son, Sam, was two years old, I decided to try writing for children. I wrote a few baseball books, then branched out to other sports — ice skating and gymnastics. Up until this point, all my books were nonfiction. I never thought I would be any good at creating a story, but in 1994, I decided to give fiction a try. Surprisingly, I sold the first novel I wrote, They Came From Centerfield. It was fun to write, kids loved it, and I discovered how incredibly rewarding it is to take a blank page and turn it into a world. Around the same time, I started visiting schools, giving a program in which I use sports to get the students excited about reading and writing. This has been the most satisfying thing I've done in my career — when I visit a school I inspire the kids, the kids inspire me, and I even get paid for it!

Finally, after 15 years, I figured out what my career should be — writing fiction for kids and visiting schools. For the first time, I felt that I was doing something I was good at, something that was fun, creatively rewarding, and appreciated by an audience.

Kids often tell me that my books make them laugh. This is funny to me, because writing humor was what I wanted to do when I got started back in 1978! It just took me a while to figure out the best way to do it.

I am a member of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research), NWU (National Writers Union), and SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). I live in Haddonfield, New Jersey, with my wife, Nina, and our children, Sam and Emma.

Dan Gutman currently resides in Haddonfield, in the state of New Jersey.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1900s
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Action & Adventure
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Boys & Men > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > Sports & Activities > Sports > Baseball > Fiction
6Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12

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Credit to Dan Gutman for a piece of history  Oct 25, 2007
This was an enjoyable book. It explores one of the most thought of and talked about baseball historical events of all time. George Herman Ruth called his shot to center field on the third inning of the third game in the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs. He stuck his left hand in the air and pointed to the center field bleachers and called his shot. I like how the author of this book Dan Gutman challenges the called shot it makes you feel like you are at that game it gives you a perspective the no film footage or pictures could ever give you. Reading this book made me have a stronger perspective of his called shot it shows how you can take a little known opinion and turn it into one of the most exciting cliff hanging books ever and if you've only known about the called shot for a little bit like me I suggest this book to anyone who doesn't know about the called shot or still want to know more about it. Dan Gutman gives a look at what it would be like to be one of George Herman Ruth's friend what it would be like to hold his bat be in his house and be a thought in his mind. I give credit to Dan Gutman for writing this book I enjoyed the first person look at George Ruth's life and the way he played ball. If you liked this book I also suggest the rest of the books in this series including ones that have not yet been published.
a great book to jump-start your kid's love of reading  Apr 12, 2007
My son was a reluctant beginning reader until his first grade teacher pulled out a copy of Babe and Me to read to his class. We went out and got it the next day, read it together, and he spent the next summer working his way through it by himself, slowly reading it aloud.
Since then, he has read this book and the others in the series several times. This novel is multi-layered, with storylines about a boy's relationship with his father (his parents are divorced), all told in the historical context of the Great Depression and during the rise of Hitler. Every time we read this together (and there have been countless times), my son finds something else to discuss. The mystery of the book---did Babe really call the shot?---almost doesn't matter when you consider the book as a whole.
Overall, I credit this book as jump-starting my son's love of reading and of baseball. I can't recommend this enough for anyone looking for an entertaining and interesting read, and parents will love reading it aloud with younger readers, as well.
Joe's adventure to 1932  Mar 13, 2007
This book is about a kid named Joe Stoshack who travels back in time to 1932 to see if Babe Ruth called his shot or not. Read this book to find out if he did or not.

This book was great! I really liked the book because I play baseball just like Babe.

If you like baseball you will really like this book too!
Babe & me!  Mar 8, 2007
This book was great! I learned a lot more about baseball and Babe Ruth. In the book you found out that Babe was a really fun loving and caring guy who loved goofing off. The book is about a boy named Joe who is trying to help out his dad with his money debt. With his old saved baseball cards of Babe Ruth they are able to travel back in time to the year 1932. 1932 was the year that the Yankees played the Cubs in the World Series. When Joe and his dad travel back Joe begins to learn so much about the year, depression, and everything that went on then. He found to like the amount of money people paid also. Being pretty poor in our day was like being a millionaire in their time. Well overall I really enjoyed the book and thought it was fun to learn everything. I would recommend this to people that enjoy baseball or would like to learn some more about baseball.
Babe & Me   Feb 9, 2007
I purchased the book as a gift for my children. They love the series and have all of them. I highly recommend the series. It engages the minds of the readers in a fictional, imaginative way for those avid baseball lovers.


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