Without his lucky glove, Jamie doesn't believe in his ability to lead his baseball team to victory until he learns that faith in oneself is the most important equipment for any game.
Jamie has lovingly oiled his glove all winter and, as the season approaches, he - and his glove - are in top form. When he carelessly loses his glove, he also loses faith in himself and it shows in his playing. After an unsuccessful search for the glove and a stern reprimand from his father, a borrowed glove is found for the season's opening game. Disappointed in his performance with the borrowed glove, Jamie seeks help at a local sporting goods shop, finding it in the generosity of the store's owner, a former minor league player. The old-timer uses the history of the baseball glove and a few fielding tips (like practice) to demonstrate that no tool-not even a lucky glove-is a substitute for confidence and determination.
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Fred Bowen is the author of the AllStar SportStory series. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received his law degree from George Washington University. Bowen is a youth baseball coach and a lifelong sports fanatic; he lives in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife and two children, both athletes.
Jim Thorpe also illustrated T.J.'S SECRET PITCH. Born in Michigan, he attended art school in Detroit and served as a U.S. Air Force illustrator before beginning his career as an award-winning commercial and fine artist. Thorpe and his family live in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he has coached his children's baseball teams.Review:
A heartwarming and suspenseful story about the value of friends, family, and perseverance, it's a sure hit with both kids and parents. -- Family Channel
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