Item description for The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter...
Overview When Tom Gallagher makes an unnecessary statement, a series of events takes place that results in a major baseball game that will determine the fate of Dillontown, and now Tom must find a way to get the best coaches on his side in order to win the game and redeem himself.
Publishers Description Tom Gallagher finds himself in a tight spot. The fate of Dillontown rests on the outcome of one baseball game, winner take all. And it's all because Tom had to open his big mouth. If only he could get Dante Del Gato-the greatest hitter to ever play the game-to coach the team. But crazy ol' Del Gato hasn't spoken to folks in years, not after walking away from the game in disgrace just before his team played in its first World Series. Maybe Tom has one more hope: Cruz de la Cruz, the mysterious boy who just rode into town on horseback claiming to know the secret of hitting. Not to mention the secrets of Del Gato . . .
John H. Ritter's new novel celebrates the holy game of baseball, playing larger-than-life games with heroism, redemption, and the making of a legend. Cruz on.
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Dimensions: Length: 8.32" Width: 5.96" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.72 lbs.
Release Date May 12, 2003
ISBN 0399236228 ISBN13 9780399236228 UPC 048228017998
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More About John H. Ritter
While John H. Ritter is well known for his imaginative baseball novels for young readers, "Under the Baseball Moon "expresses his other love: music. John's first novel, "Choosing Up Sides," won the 1999 IRA Children's Book Award and was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. His subsequent novels "Over the Wall "and "The Boy Who Saved Baseball" went on to secure John's place as the preeminent writer of baseball fiction for young people. A full-time writer of German, Irish, and American Indian descent, he lives in San Diego with his wife.
John H. Ritter currently resides in San Diego, in the state of California. John H. Ritter was born in 1951.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Boy Who Saved Baseball?
a good baseball collectors book Dec 19, 2007
The book I read was The Boy who Saved Baseball. I really liked this book. This book was about a boy that rides into town and claims to know the secret to a famous baseball player that never told anyone. This is all happening while a single baseball game is depending on the survival of the town. The whole town depends on one single baseball game. I really liked this book because I thought it had suspense. It was a very good book. I like the author of this book a lot because he was descriptive. I would read any other book by this author. This book also made me happy.
The Boy Who Saved Baseball Apr 23, 2007
The book I read was The Boy Who Saved Baseball. This book is about a town called Dillontown and its historical baseball field. The field is in danger of being destroyed by Orange County but it could be saved by just winning a baseball game against the camp down the hill. The fate of Dillontown lies in the hands of Tom Gallagher and the rest of the baseball team.
My favorite part of the book was when Cruz De La Cruz and Tom Gallagher sneak out to go to Dante Del Gato's house to ask him to coach and hopefully tell them the secret of hitting. They ride there horses up to his house and find that there is a large wall surrounding his house. Cruz thinks and comes up with an idea, he gets a rope and finds a metal thing on the ground, he ties the metal thing to the end of the rope and lasso's it around a tree behind the wall. Cruz climbs the wall using the rope but the wall couldn't handle the weight so it collapsed and left a giant gap in the wall. Then Del Gato came with a shotgun, Cruz quickly apoligized and explained what happened and why they came. They asked Del Gato if he could coach there team and he said no, they also asked the secret of hitting but he told them there was none.
This deffinatley wasn't the best book I have read becuase there is a lot of boring parts. Although once you get to the end of the book it is worth it. The title may make this book seem like more of a boys book because of the word "Baseball" but however it is not all about baseball htere is more to it that you would have to find out by readiing this book. This is a good book for any age or gender considering that it is quite an easy read. Overall, I do recommend the book The Boy Who Saved Baseball to anyone.
The book for people who eat, drink, and sleep baseball Mar 6, 2007
This book is about a kid named Tom who got his summer camp baseball team in a lot of trouble. It starts off with his town about to be demolished. Tom doesn't want his town called Dillontown to be torn down to bites. At a town meeting the owner of the Lucky Strike Field, Doc, tells the town that there will be a baseball game deciding the fate of their town.
The team had one week to get ready to beat the other team. After one day a kid came to the camp from the mountains, and his name was Cruz. The team practice for many hours and many days. Cruz and tom went to a guy house to get him to coach their baseball team. Later that day the guy came and taught them all the basics. Cruz made a video game that helps the team with their batting skills. Finally it was game day.
I think that the book was okay, but it wasn't great. One reason why the book was good was that the book gave the reader a good lesson. It said that you can do anything if you put everything into it. It also showed how a baseball team fights for their beloved town. Everyone should have a chance to be someone special and be the winner at something important.
Another thing about the book was that the author should have had an illustration of how the field looked like before the team cleans it up. All the book had was a map of the town. The entire book said about the field was that it had rusty bleachers, a stone wall, and a white cross that represented the miners who died in a cave-in. He could have said something about the how long the field was or was it a nice field or a horrible field. The book needed a little more detail of some characters and the field.
I didn't really like the ending of this book. I thought that the writer would tell us what happened to Cruz. All it said was that Cruz left his game so Tom could use and sell it for big bucks. The only good thing about the ending was that Since, Doc died he gave everything to Tom and Tom left everything the same. He got about 1.5 million dollars from the land and the video game.
I would recommend this book to people who really like baseball. It would also be good book for people who need encouragement with different situations. This book has no bad language and no bad things in it. The book was a little confusing during the end, but it was still a good book to read. Thank you for reading this review.
A Great Book Mar 1, 2007
The Boy Who Saved Baseball is a very good book. [...] What I liked about this book was the story. This book had a good story to it. This book shows if you you don't give up you can win. Thats what I liked about this book.
People that don't like this kind of story would not like this book. If certain people don't like baseball they will not like this book. Thats why this book is called The Boy Who Saved Baseball.
My overall opinion is that this book is a great book. It has a good story. I would give this book four out of five stars. This was a great book.
The Boy Who Saved Baseball Feb 20, 2007
This book isthe best book I have read.This book is a adventures book filled with twist and turns it is the simple happy people vs. the big dollar greedy people.The story is about a small town with a few problems.First Doc an old rancher might sell his land to developers.But can a boy called Tom and a home town baseball team stop the deal or will it go on read and find out.