The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter

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Tom Gallagher is in a tight spot. The fate of the Dillontown team rests on the outcome of one baseball game, winner take all. If Tom's team loses, they lose their field too. But how can they possibly win? Just when everything seems hopeless, a mysterious boy named Cruz de la Cruz rides into town and claims to know the secret of hitting. Not to mention the secrets of Dante Del Gato, Dillontown's greatest hitter ever. Since he walked away from the game years ago, Del Gato hasn't spoken a word to anyone. But now he might be Tom's only hope for saving his hometown. From the award-winning author of Over the Wall and Choosing Up Sides comes this imaginative tale of one boy's struggle to preserve the spirit of the game he loves.


About John H. Ritter

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While John H. Ritter is well known for his imaginative baseball novels for young readers, "Under the Baseball Moon "expresses his other love: music. John's first novel, "Choosing Up Sides," won the 1999 IRA Children's Book Award and was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. His subsequent novels "Over the Wall "and "The Boy Who Saved Baseball" went on to secure John's place as the preeminent writer of baseball fiction for young people. A full-time writer of German, Irish, and American Indian descent, he lives in San Diego with his wife.
Published March 17, 2005 by Puffin. 236 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A team of young ballplayers, who have the will but not necessarily the talent, can save the town’s legendary baseball field from developers by winning one crucial game.

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Some unlikely help arrives in the form of Cruz de la Cruz, a mysterious boy who literally rides into town (on horseback) to gear up for the pivotal game and to seek out Dante Del Gato, the legendary San Diego outfielder who supposedly possesses the "Secret of Hitting" (19 hits in as many games).

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Dillontown itself is full of eccentrics, from the local poet who's out of his tree (literally!), to the mayor and his greedy banker friend, to the parents who parade out to the field to watch practice and serve up tortillas and beans.Even with Tom's father as coach, the prospects of defeating the...

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