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Take Me Out To The Ballgame!

 

Have you ever wondered why a baseball field is in the shape of a diamond? One, reason is for the runner to cover the same distance between each base. But the biggest reason for the diamond shape is to benefit not the players, but the umpire. The unique diamond shape of the field allows the umpire to have a better view of the entire playing field from behind the catcher, so accurate calls are made throughout the game.

Take me out with the crowd… 

Long before the Cleveland Indians were a team the game of baseball was being played all across America. Baseball which comes from “Rounders” that the British invented for small kids became an extremely popular sport during the 1800’s. In 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in the major leagues. No woman has ever played in the major leagues. However from 1943-1954 women played in the only American professional league for women known as the All- American Girls Professional Baseball League. Today you will find many boys, girls, men and women of all ages playing baseball or softball in leagues sponsored by communities and organizations making it truly America’s “National Pastime.” 
 
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…

A summer visit to the ballpark is a treat for all the senses. See the green grass and colorful scoreboard , hear the cheers from the crowd and the food vendors, smell and taste the popcorn, peanuts and hotdogs, feel the warm sun as you do the wave, root for your favorite team and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” It is so much fun you will understand why the umpire calls “PLAY BALL” to start the game.

Opening Day is Monday, April 5th!

Did you know?


  • Baseball does not have a set time limit like basketball or football
  • The longest baseball game was between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago White Sox and lasted for eight    hours and six minutes
  • The average baseball only lasts about a week. Each baseball can only be used one time in a MLB game
  • The first baseball player to be named rookie of the year was Jackie Robinson in 1947
  • There are 162 games in a regular baseball season. With 30 Major League teams that is 2430 games!
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    Everyone's Hero
    10-year-old baseball fan Yankee Irving is always the last one picked for sandlot baseball games. But when Babe Ruth's prized bat is stolen during the 1932 World Series, Yankee steps up to the plate to help retrieve it for his beloved idol. He embarks on a wild cross-country journey that teaches him the stuff of real heroes, and along the way, Yankee learns that importance of perseverance and the true meaning of friendship.
    Air Bud
    With her older brother, Josh, off at college, and her yuppie parents obsessed with the new baby, young Andrea joins the junior high baseball team to escape the tedium of her home life. She's not very good, but luckily her sports-inclined golden retriever, Buddy, is a natural. Buddy also makes the team and becomes the star player. When the team gets into the championship game, a pair of zany scientists traveling in a laboratory inside a mobile home kidnap the pooch and his offspring in the interest of their experiments to clone sports-prone animals.
    The Littlest Leaguers Learn to Play Baseball
    An introduction to the fundamentals of baseball, using 3-D animation, comedy and songs, and live players. Join Mitt, Slugger, Stevie, and the rest of the Littlest Leaguers for batting, throwing, and fielding lessons.
    We Are the Ship
    Nelson, Kadir
    Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.
    H Is for Home Run
    Herzog, Brad
    Examines the history and lore of America's favorite pastime in alphabet format.
    Take Me Out to the Ballgame
    Norworth, Jack
    The lyrics of the familiar song, illustrated by pictures based on the World Series games played between the Dodgers and the Yankees in 1949 in Ebbets Field.
    Dad, Jackie, and Me
    Uhlberg, Myron
    In Brooklyn, New York, in 1947, a boy learns about discrimination and tolerance as he and his deaf father share their enthusiasm over baseball and the Dodgers' first baseman, Jackie Robinson.
    Mama Played Baseball
    Adler, David A.
    Young Amy helps her mother to get a job as a player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League while Amy's father is serving in the army during World War II.
    The Dog That Pitched A No-hitter
    Christopher, Matt
    Mike's telepathic dog Harry is able to send him secret signals about the opposing players on the baseball field, but Mike's weak pitching arm requires them to find another plan to save the game.
    Heat
    Lupica, Mike
    Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.
    Keeping Score
    Park, Linda Sue
    In Brooklyn in 1951, a die-hard Giants fan teaches nine-year-old Maggie, who is a "Bums" (Dodgers) fan, how to use a technique to keep score of a baseball game which creates a special friendship between them.
    Promises to Keep
    Robinson, Sharon
    A biography of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the major leagues, as told by his daughter.

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