He wanted to be an all-star, but Blackburne was just an average baseball player in the early 1900s. His contributions to the game did get him into the Hall of Fame, though, for his mud!
As a coach, he watched players try to take the glaring shine off new baseballs by soaking them in dirty water or spitting tobacco juice on them. Soggy, stinky baseballs weren't any good in the game. Lena Blackburne's discovery of just the right mud at his favorite fishing spot changed baseball forever, as his "Miracle Mud" fixed the shine and left the ball perfect for pitching, hitting, and fielding.
Now 75 years later, Blackburne's Miracle Mud is the only thing that the major leagues allow to be rubbed on baseballs. Yes, the company still harvests mud from Blackburne's secret fishing spot today! And you'll never guess where a bucket of Miracle Mud sits in a display case - the Baseball Hall of Fame!
This nifty picture book reveals an untold story which has affected millions of baseball players, fans, games...and baseballs!
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA – blogging young adult books beyond the bestsellers at http://BooksYALove.com