The Unforgettable Season

The Unforgettable Season

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Putnam, March 2011

Two men stepped up to the plate back in the summer of '41 and the nation was tuned in to their every bat stroke. What kind of magic did they possess that they could attract that kind of a following? We are talking about Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, two ballplayers whose records stand intact even to this day. Joe DiMaggio's streak of hitting in 56 straight games has never been outdone even by those on steroids and Ted Williams hit .400 for the entire season, a feat that has never been equaled. What kind of men were they? What sort of pressure did they face? This is the story of the season with its tension, its success and its human side. Beginning with Joe DiMaggio's streak we watch the tension mount and finally hear what he has to say when the streak is broken by a dramatic play. Then, we stand with Ted Williams as he makes a difficult decision about whether to play the last games or just sit the bench and ensure his place in the record books. For those who love baseball and for those who are curious about heroes and their choices, this makes an enlightening read. Ages 6-9 32 pages

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