Babe & me

Dan Gutman

Book - 2000

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 homerun in the third game of the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

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A baseball card adventure
New York : Avon Books 2000.
Physical Description
161 p. : ill
Main Author
Dan Gutman (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gr. 4^-7. Fans of Joe Stoshack's previous time-traveling baseball adventures, Honus and Me (1997) and Jackie and Me (1999), are familiar with this Little Leaguer's talent for using baseball cards to send himself back in history. This time Joe brings his dad with him to the 1932 World Series to answer one question: In game three, did Babe Ruth call his famous home run before he hit the ball? As in the previous titles, Gutman weaves a delightfully improbable fantasy from actual events, with the difference between fact and fiction explained in a concluding note. Father and son land first in New York, meet and dine with the Babe, and then move on to Chicago in time for the legendary homer. Gutman uses the Depression as an evocative backdrop, but his attempt to introduce the Holocaust (via a newspaper headline about Hitler being named chancellor) seems forced. Still, readers will enjoy the action, the rich baseball lore, and the sense of adventure. ((Reviewed February 1, 2000)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Review by Booklist Reviews

Aiming to save the life of baseball player Roberto Clemente, Stosh uses a Clemente baseball card as a time machine and unexpectedly lands at Woodstock in 1969. He makes his way to Crosley Field in Cincinnati, befriends Clemente, delivers his warning, and returns home. With a third of the book left to go, the tenth Baseball Card Adventure book takes a turn that will surprise devoted fans of the series. While the two distinct journeys take the book in different directions, and the writing occasionally sounds purposeful, this series entry is both amusing and informative. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A boy and his father zip back in time to discover whether Babe Ruth actually predicted his home run in Game Three of the 1932 World Series. "Gutman's account of Joey's strained relationship with his divorced father and his portrait of the intriguing, revered slugger against the backdrop of Depression-era New York are equally skillful," noted PW. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4-7-Once again, 13-year-old Joe Stoshack time travels and meets baseball greats of the past. In this book, he takes his father along, as they attempt to discover whether Babe Ruth really "called his shot" in the 1932 World Series. The pecuniary possibilities of the adventure are not overlooked. His dad's main interest in going back in time is to make a killing in the sports-memorabilia market. A bag full of baseballs autographed by Babe Ruth would be worth a fortune in today's market, and Joe and his dad try to cash in. Their plans go awry, but they do manage to meet the slugger and experience his outsized personality. True to history, he remains an elusive figure here. At times, he is portrayed as rather lonely and maudlin and at other times he's a caricature-especially in a gross, exaggerated eating scene: "Babe Ruth hit big, and he missed big, and he lived big. And I can tell this from personal experience, he also puked big." The book does evoke the importance of a sports hero to an America mired in the depths of the Depression. And, as so frequently happens in baseball novels, the adventure proves to be the catalyst for a new understanding between father and son. This is an entertaining romp through a part of baseball history.-Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

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 homerun in the third game of the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

With more than 2 million books sold, the Baseball Card Adventures bring the greatest players in history to life! 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, twelve-year-old Joe Stoshack wants to know the truth. But unlike other fans, Joe has the astonishing ability to travel through time using baseball cards—and now he’s determined to settle one of baseball's greatest debates.With historical photos and back matter to separate the facts from the fiction, New York Times bestselling author Dan Gutman takes readers on a page-turning trip through baseball’s past.