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Glenn Stout is the series editor of The Best American Sports Writing and author of more than
forty nonfiction sports biographies under the auspices of Matt Christopher. He has also
written all of the Good Sports books. He lives in Alburgh, Vermont. Visit Glenn at


This is a book that can be read for research or fun and will have broad appeal among sports fans.--School Library Journal In clean, fast-moving prose, Stout outlines the injuries, medical conditions, and birth defects that affected the men, the challenges and setbacks they faced, and their triumphs. Equal parts inspirational and informative.--Publishers Weekly Praise for Good Sports:

Give this to fans of Matt Christopher, Mike Lupica, and Dan Gutman.--Booklist Accessible and inspirational.--Publishers Weekly

Never patronizing, [Stout] captures both grit and glory.--Kirkus Reviews

Gr 3-6-Stout highlights baseball players who have overcome physical challenges to pursue their dreams of a major-league career. Readers meet Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, who had a Hall of Fame pitching career despite having lost most of his right index finger in a farming accident as a child; Ron Santo, who played third base for the Cubs while (initially) keeping his Type 1 diabetes a secret; Jim Abbott, who was born with one arm yet became one of a select group to pitch a no-hitter; and Curtis Pride, who played 13 years in the majors despite being deaf. Stout describes how these men learned to compensate for their handicaps and, although they all realized they would have to work harder and prove themselves, never actually considered themselves less capable of playing baseball than anyone else. The writing is clear and accessible, incorporating biographical material with play-by-play action of key moments in each player's career. A baseball-card-type photo and a page of career stats are included for each profile. Stout includes sources and further reading, and even describes his research methods, making a plug for libraries and librarians and the aid they can provide to youngsters interested in pursuing further information. This is a book that can be read for research or fun and will have broad appeal among sports fans.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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