The Innings and Outs of Baseball: Science of Fun Stuff
Jordan Brown & Dagney Downey
Simon & Schuster, 2015 (2015)
Hardcover, Softcover, e-Book
Reviewed by Bob Walch
s you read this fascinating book you'll learn some of the science associated with baseball. What do Sir Isaac Newton's laws of motion have to do with hitting a baseball? What is the sweet spot on a bat and why is it important when it comes to getting a hit? Why does how a pitcher grips the ball determine its motion and flight?
hese are just some of the questions for which you will find answers in this book. Also, there's a helpful baseball timeline at the back of the book along with information on five female players who made a little baseball history.
or example, you'll discover that in 1931 Jackie Mitchell was the first female professional baseball player. She signed a contract with the Minor League Chattanooga Lookouts and in an exhibition game against the Yankees Jackie struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. She was just 17 at the time!
his Ready-to-Read, Level Three book will appeal to any child who loves baseball. Try this with a reluctant reader and see what happens. I think you'll find that you hit the ball out of the park and the child will devour the book!
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