Stories of Champions
Epstein and Epstein
This book is actually about five mini-biographies of some old-school baseball players. Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth were the only ones I recognized. However, my husband, one of those annoying people that has an encyclopedic knowledge of sports stats, knew all of these guys. (He was also kind enough to summarize their stats for me.)
For the most part, these are sanitized versions of the players, and the stories harp on themes of practice, hard work, perseverance, and toughness. Even Ty Cobb, well known for being a difficult person, is portrayed as tough and passionate about winning. Ty Cobb was unpopular with his fellow players and fans alike. He racked up quite a few assault charges during his career.
Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson are also featured in this book. The stories are meant to be somewhat inspirational and not really fact-based biographies for the kids. Keep it for sentimental reasons, but I don’t think it would be a good choice for a modern youth biography collection. For the truly nerdy baseball fan, one of those encyclopedias of baseball might be more fun.