Did you know that: Reggie Jackson was the first player, since Babe Ruth to hit three home runs in one World Series game. After striking out six consecutive times against Nolan Ryan Bo Jackson hit a Ryan pitch for a 461-foot home run. Mike Schmidt once hit a 340-foot home run in Houston's Astrodome that struck a loudspeaker 117 feet above the field. Harmon Killebrew led the league in homers six times, and six times had over 40 home runs in a season. In 1956 Mickey Mantle won baseball's Triple Crown, with an incredible 52 home runs, 130 RBIs and a batting average of .353. Jimmy Foxx holds the record for having hit over thirty home runs 12 consecutive years. "Wahoo Sam" Crawford led the National League in 1901 with a mere 16 home runs, but his 312 career triples is still the record today. The twenty-seven sluggers profiled by George Sullivan span the history of the game and offer a wealth of amazing accomplishments. Every reader will want to add his or her own favorites to the list of those players who bring energy and excitement to America's favorite pastime.
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Grade 4-7-- A slick , glossy gallery of 27 of baseball's greatest longball smashers, arranged in reverse chronological order. An introductory essay traces the transition from the pre-1910 ``deadball'' era, when hitters slapped singles through gaps in the infield, to the age of the great slugger, typified by Babe Ruth and sustained today by crunchers like Jose Canseco and Bo Jackson. The design is a pleasing combination of text and photographs, many of which are full color. Each profile succinctly captures the man's unique physical presence at the plate. A purist may dispute the inclusion of still-active George Brett, a great hitter not especially known for home runs, in favor of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, fourth on the all-time homer list. But any ``greatest'' list invites argument and most of the famous names in swat--Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle--are here. A listing of leaders in individual statistical categories and an explanation of how they are compiled appear in a useful appendix. An attractive addition to the sports shelf. --James Witham, Lexington Public Library, KY
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Book Description Aladdin, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0689824556
Book Description Aladdin, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0689824556