Boring Baseball Strategy

On the Catwalk
Setting Up a Library - NLW 2014

Basic Baseball Strategy coverBasic Baseball Strategy
Freeman
1965

This caught my eye on the floor between stacks on a busy summer day in my library. There were kids all over the place, since a summer reading program event had just finished. A boy, probably about 10 years old, asked me for books about baseball. I found all kinds of current, fun-looking books with color pictures, but this one had been cast aside. It was sitting on the floor a few feet from the rest of the baseball books.

It’s boring. It’s old. The cover has a black-and-white photograph, but there are no other photos throughout the book. There are cartoon drawings, which would be just fine in a kids’ book if there were more of them, but they’re scattered here and there inconsistently.

The language is complicated, too. I get that there is lingo in baseball, and that’s fine. It just seems like a book written for coaches or high school players, not Little League-aged kids.

It has a few rips and tears here and there, yellowed pages, and a little bit of a musty smell, but boy did they make good bindings back then. The binding is nearly perfect.

NOT GOOD ENOUGH! This needs to be weeded.

-Holly

Basic Baseball Strategy front flap

Basic Baseball Strategy back flap

Baseball Strategy - the take

hit and run play

2 comments

  1. So true on the bindings. It pains me to see new books sagging on the shelves, while much older books stand up strait.

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