2nd Grade to 4th Grade
Stephen Satlow is an eight-year-old boy living in Brooklyn, New York, which means he only cares about one thing-the Dodgers. Steve and his father spend hours reading the sports pages and listening to games on the radio. Aside from an occasional run-in with his teacher, life is pretty simple for Steve.
But then Steve hears a rumor that an African American family is moving to his all-Jewish neighborhood. It’s 1948 and some of his neighbors are against it. Steve knows this is wrong. His hero, Jackie Robinson, broke the color barrier in baseball the year before.
Then it happens—Steve’s new neighbor is none other than Jackie Robinson! Steve is beyond excited about living two doors down from the Robinson family. He can’t wait to meet Jackie. This is going to be the best baseball season yet! How many kids ever get to become friends with their hero?
This is probably going to be the one and only sport centered book I review on this blog. I’m just not into sports. I only read this book because I thought it was an interesting story. It wasn’t until I brought the book home that I realized it was based on a true story. I felt really dumb because it said so right on the book cover at the very bottom.
I liked baseball as a kid. I didn’t like to watch it on TV, but I liked playing in my front yard and at the park. I usually just played with my dad and he would throw me the ball and I would hit it and run the bases while my dad chased me with the ball. My parent signed me up to play baseball with a team for some reason I didn’t understand then and still don’t understand now. It was really boring. I don’t mean to insult baseball players and/or people who love baseball but it’s really boring waiting to be brought out to bat and standing out in the field. I played one time and never went back. My parents were happy because they were bored too.
Let’s talk about a serious topic: prejudice and discrimination. I’ve never understood how someone can hate another person based on the color of their skin or where they come from. Maybe that’s just because I was born in this time period and how I was raised. Sometimes I wonder what my opinion would be if I had been born in another time period.
If you want to learn more about Jackie Robinson, check out Brad Meltzer’s book I Am Jackie Robinson.
On an ending note, here’s a Baby Blues comic featuring the ‘joys’ of baseball:
This weeks’ Weird but True Fact about Baseball
A study found that a 3-hour baseball game involves an average of just 18 minutes of actual play time.