Play Ball Like the Pros

Tips for Kids from 20 Big League Stars
Category: Themes:
Major league ball players explain the mechanics of how they successfully field, pitch, catch, hit, and more.
Price: $13.95
  • ISBN: 9781561455355
  • Publication date: 03/01/2010
  • Page Count: 208
  • Size: 7" x 9"
  • Age Range: 8-12


Major league ball players explain the mechanics of how they successfully field, pitch, catch, hit, and more.

In this inside look at the fundamentals of baseball, author and seasoned sports writer Steven Krasner offers in-depth interviews with a Major league athlete, a glossary of baseball terms, historical anecdotes, and examples of real-life game situations. Best of all, the players share their childhood baseball memories.

Who should a young baseball player turn to when he or she wants to know the best way to handle an infield ground ball with players on first and second? How about New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter or Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia? More than just a how-to guide for playing baseball, Play Ball Like the Pros is an intimate look at how professionals do what they do, and how the struggles and influences of their early years informed their later successes.


Steve Krasner


Steven Krasner has been a sports writer for the Providence Journal for more than twenty-five years, covering baseball as a beat writer for the Boston Red Sox since 1986. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the author of several picture and chapter books. He lives in Rhode Island.


“This title is just the sort of finely tuned analysis of baseball that many young players are looking for…The tips given are detailed and insightful…a good reference for young people working to improve their skills.” ―Booklist

“The unique format makes this a special instructional book…The question-and-answer sections between the author and players keep interest while instructing novices…. An excellent purchase for libraries serving young people and those who work with them.” ―School Library Journal

“A wealth of baseball knowledge within for all ages.” ―VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)


Parents’ Choice Silver Honor ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2002

Top Ten Sports Book for Kids ―Booklist

Books for the Teen Age ―New York Public Library, 2003

Young Adult Top Forty ―Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, 2003

More Details

F&P: R, Gr 4, Genre I
Lexile: 940L
Themes: Baseball, Interviews, Skills, Strategy
BISAC 1: JNF054010 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Sports & Recreation / Baseball
BISAC 2: JNF024040 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Health & Daily Living / Fitness & Exercise
BISAC 3: JNF007100 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Sports & Recreation