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Jim “Catfish” Hunter

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Jim “Catfish” Hunter
Burchard
1976

Submitter: I weeded this book from an urban [elementary] school library. In the introduction it compares professional baseball to slavery, because the players are traded from team to team. I guess that’s the kind of racist comment that was considered acceptable to print in a children’s book in 1976. It gives a very clear answer to the difficult question many libraries with tight budgets struggle with: Is it better to have an outdated item on a topic, rather than no items on a topic? NO. This library now has no baseball biographies, and that’s okay.

Holly: Kids today are not interested in every single sports star from their parents’ generation. There are some, for sure, who will never be bad subjects for a school library collection (Babe Ruth, for example), but keep the books themselves up to date! If Jim “Catfish” Hunter is worthy of the collection, there will be a newer book available. (Never heard of him…but admittedly I’m not a baseball fan.) I’m with submitter: NO books on a topic is better than only awful ones.

 

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Famous Negro Athletes

Famous Negro Athletes - cover

Famous Negro Athletes
Bontemps
1964

Submitter: I found this gem in the teen sports section of my local public library. I give them credit for including a woman. However, this screams “update me!”

Holly: Again, this belongs somewhere, but not in the teen section of your basic local public library. There are so many people missing from this volume! Also, this book pre-dates the deaths of these athletes. Only two are still alive at the time of this writing: Willie Mays and Jim Brown.

 

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Bruce Jenner’s Guide to the Olympics

Bruce Jenner’s Guide to the Olympics
Jenner and Abraham
1979

 

Submitter: I’m the library director at a small community college in [Alabama], and I came across this little gem while I was shelving this morning.  I think it’s a prime candidate for weeding, because most of our students only know Bruce Jenner as the Kardashian’s step-dad who became Caitlyn! Never mind the fact that it’s 37 years old now, and most of the countries listed don’t even exist any more. Some of the events listed probably aren’t even part of the Olympics any more, for that matter. This little jewel is going to be retired to the special collection in my office!

Holly: Caitlyn is surely as happy as anyone that this little number has been retired. Sports is a section that is easy to overlook, but it goes out of date like anything else.

 

More Sporty Specials:

Keeping Up with Bruce Jenner

Mark the Shark

Olga Korbut

Sports A to Z

Even More Juice

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Boring Baseball Strategy

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