Babe & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman

By Dan Gutman

On October 1, 1932, in the course of video game 3 of the Chicago Cubs -- manhattan Yankees international sequence, Babe Ruth belted an extended domestic run to straightaway centerfield. in accordance with legend, ahead of he hit, Babe pointed to the bleachers and boldly expected he might slam the subsequent pitch there.

Did he name the shot or did not he? Witnesses by no means agreed. Like different baseball lovers, Joe Stoshack desires to be aware of the reality. yet in contrast to different lovers, Joe has the incredible skill to trip via time and clear up certainly one of baseball's maximum puzzles....

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As he accepted the next scrap of paper, the girl looked at the autograph like it was a million-dollar bill. “Ask him for an autograph, Joe,” Dad said. I was a little embarrassed. “You ask him,” I said. “He’s supposed to be a sucker for kids,” Dad pointed out. ” Babe was still signing away for the people pressed against his car. I patted my pockets. All I could come up with was the pack of baseball cards I had brought with me to get us home. “I could have him sign a card,” I suggested. “Forget that,” Dad snorted.

MEN’S SUITS: $25. BREAKFAST: 25 CENTS. Somebody was renting an apartment for $50 a month. Dad’s mood seemed to brighten. “Look at this, Joe,” he said excitedly. ” 28 BABE AND ME We walked silently. I had an idea what might be going through his head. Back home, he had no job, no wife, no life, and big bills. With his life savings, he could live like a king in 1932. I didn’t say anything. If he wanted to stay in 1932, it was fine with me. I hardly ever saw him anyway. It would have been easy for the two of us to part company right there.

To be honest, they both sounded like crackpot ideas, once I took the time to think them through. We walked across the street to the sporting goods store and went inside. It didn’t look like any sporting goods store I’d ever seen. There were no 47 DAN GUTMAN sneakers, treadmills, or roller hockey gear. They did have these things that looked like leather beach balls. When I went to pick one up, it was so heavy I couldn’t lift it. Dad said it was called a “medicine ball,” and people exercised by throwing them at each other.

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