By Ken Roberts
Leon (now recognized via his nickname, Thumb) and his ally Susan love their tiny, distant fishing village wedged among the ocean and the mountains. it truly is attractive, peaceable and extremely uninteresting. So Thumb and Susan get a hold of an creative plan to shape a baseball group, win the neighborhood identify, and qualify to be despatched to the championships in Vancouver courtesy of the varsity board. by no means brain that not one of the village's teenagers have ever performed baseball earlier than. by no means brain that there aren't any different groups to compete with. by no means brain that the village isn't really even vast sufficient for a baseball diamond. With loads of ingenuity and a bit grown-up support, the recent Auckland Beavers move into education and begin packing their baggage. yet what is going to occur after they get to Vancouver? Ken Roberts’s witty portrait of the droll, lightly subversive villagers of recent Auckland makes this e-book a welcome sequel to its acclaimed predecessor.
Age point: eight and up | Grade point: 2 and up
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Since winter was well entrenched in many of the areas the players visited, including the northern Paciﬁc and Europe, these tours often amounted to simple intermingling between servicemen and athletes. 76 On the home front, military leaders and professional baseball ofﬁcials also fostered a close relationship so as to increase troop morale and aid the war effort. In most Major League parks, soldiers and sailors in uniform received free admission to games, which increased their attendance levels.
The strategy included saturating the public with advertising for the game, soliciting private companies to purchase hundreds and even thousands of tickets, and gaining the cooperation of local government and law enforcement agencies to ensure that the event proceeded smoothly. One of the most important factors in the relief games’ success, however, were the game dates and starting times. With wartime restrictions limiting the number of night games Major League teams could schedule and baseball under the lights still a novel concept, many owners were forced to sacriﬁce lucrative day-game dates, and were reluctant to do so, however noble the cause.