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

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