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Anybody's Game: Kathryn Johnson, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball

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In 1950, Kathryn Johnston wanted to play Little League, but an unwritten rule kept girls from trying out. So she cut off her hair and tried out as a boy under the nickname "Tubby." She made the team — and changed Little League forever.

A great story about what it means to want to do something so badly you're willing to break the rules to do it — and how breaking the rules can lead to change.

"Lang tells the tale in a direct and sympathetic manner, without maudlin sentimentality or anger, instead stressing Kathryn's love of baseball and her strength of character." — Kirkus Reviews

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"Johnston is pugnacious both on and off the field, as she dives for a grounder, slides into base, and angrily laments having to watch the games from the sidelines. Readers will admire her grit and determination — particularly when she demands that her mother cut off her long braids so she can try out for Little League 'as a boy'.... A final spread depicts Johnston throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium in 2006, while an author’s note featuring photographs and additional background provides added historical context." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Heather Lang
Illustrator Cecilia Puglesi
ISBN 0807503797
Publication Date Mar 7, 2018
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company
Language English