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All-Star Fever (A Peach Street Mudders Story)

by Matthew F Christopher

Bus Mercer, shortstop for the Peach Steet Mudders, wants desperately to be picked for the county all-star team, but he breaks his parents' rules for riding his new bike, and feelings of guilt affect his game.

At the Plate with...Ichiro

by Matthew F Christopher

After playing the sport he loved in his home country of Japan for 17 years, Ichiro left in 2000 and joined the Seattle Mariners. Would Ichiro succeed in the world's most challenging baseball league? Includes black-and-white photos and players' statistics.

At the Plate with...Marc McGwire

by Matthew F Christopher

At the start of the 1998 major league baseball season, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire hit a home run. In the games that followed, he did it again. And again. And again. And again. By the end of the season, in late September, he had done the hardest thing in baseball an earth-shattering seventy times. He didn't just break the decades-old single-season home-run record set by Roger Maris in 1961-he shattered it. And by doing so, he not only set a new benchmark for players to strive for, but also reminded people that baseball is fun, a game to be enjoyed, with heroes who play for the love of the sport, not for the love of money. In this powerful biography of the most talked-about man in baseball, Matt Christopher, the number one sports series for kids, explores the slugger's childhood days on the diamond as well as the ups and downs of his college and professional career.

At the Plate with...Mo Vaughn

by Matthew F Christopher

Reviews the life of the talented slugger Mo Vaughn.

At the Plate with... Sammy Sosa

by Matthew F Christopher

Throughout the 1998 baseball season, two names made the headlines more than any others: Mark McGwire, the eventual home run king, and Sammy Sosa, the runner-up in a race that won the hearts of baseball fans worldwide. Yet at the end of the day, it was Sosa who walked away with the National League's MVP award, not McGwire. Why? Because Sosa had dug the dismal 1997 Chicago Cubs out of the cellar not just with his home runs, but also with his spectacular all-around play. Yet Sosa's contributions off the field, both in the States and in his native land, the Dominican Republic, are even more impressive. In this powerful biography of one of the most admired sluggers in baseball, Matt Christopher, the number one sports series for kids, traces Sosa's life from his poverty-stricken childhood-when shining shoes put food on the table-to his professional career.

Babe Ruth - Legends in Sports

by Matthew F Christopher

In a career that spanned over thirty years, George Herman "Babe" Ruth changed the way the sport of baseball was played. He was the first true power hitter, a strong pitcher, and in the outfield made some amazing game-saving catches. His love of the sport shined through in the way he laughed while jogging around the bases, in how he kidded and horsed around with teammates, and in his overall determination to win. But there was a darker side to Babe, one that nearly ruined his career - and his life. In the end, however, Ruth managed to overcome his personal demons, recapture his health, and go on to lead his beloved Yankees to championship status. Simply put, there has never been another player like the Babe. This comprehensive biography of one of baseball's most memorable legends also comes with photos.

Baseball Flyhawk

by Matthew F Christopher

Chico Romez is new to the Royals baseball team, but all the players welcome him and his ability in the outfield. All the players except one, that is.

Baseball Pals

by Matthew F Christopher

Voted captain of his baseball team, Jimmie declares himself pitcher, even though Paul is a better pitcher. When the team begins to lose games and his teammates begin to lose confidence in him.

Baseball Turnaround

by Matthew F Christopher

Sandy Comstock once made a mistake - a bad one - but he's paid the price and now he just wants to get on with his life. Only one person stands in his way:Perry Warden, the boy who tempted Sandy to break the law in the first place. Convinced that Perry is spreading rumors about him to his new baseball teammates, Sandy face a tough decision. Should he run from the rumors, or come out with the truth about his past.

The Basket Counts

by Matthew F Christopher

Long practice improves Mel's value as a basketball player, but he finds it difficult to surmount the prejudice of Caskie Bennett, the basketball team's star player and Mel's new neighbor.

Basketball Sparkplug

by Matthew F Christopher

Kim's teammates tease him about singing in the church choir, but they change their tune when the choir helps the Arrows become Small Fry Basketball Champions.

Body Check

by Matthew F Christopher

Twelve-year-old Brent Mullen discovers that the new assistant hockey coach is teaching the defensemen on his team illegal moves to help them win at any cost.

Break for the Basket

by Matthew F Christopher

Everyone except Emmett knew he was a good basketball player. Without really wanting to, Emmett becomes a member of the Penguin basketball team. Emmett wonders how much he can really help the team especially in the playoffs? Where will Emmett find the confidence he needs?

Catch That Pass!

by Matthew F Christopher

Everyone knows Jim will be the star linebacker on the team if he can only conquer his fear of being tackled, but it takes a boy in a wheelchair to teach him that kind of courage.

Catcher with a Glass Arm

by Matthew F Christopher

Jody is a catcher who does not throw well, and after he is hit by a ball, is afraid of pitched balls, but he is able to overcome his fear and humiliation.

The Catcher’s Mask

by Bert Dodson Matthew F Christopher

Mudders' catcher Rudy Calhoun is having a bad season behind the plate until, at a yard sale, he buys a used catcher's mask that greatly improves his playing.

Catching Waves

by Matthew F Christopher

When it comes to surfing, fourteen- year-old Kai Ford knows his stuff; he's been riding the waves since he was ten. He respects the amazing power of the sea and knows - first-hand - how dangerous it can be. But what Kai doesn't seem to respect is the privacy of others. Unfortunately, his prying nature sometimes leads to trouble. Will Kai learn the importance of minding his own business before he once again sticks his nose in where it doesn't belong?

Center Court Sting

by Matthew F Christopher

Daren's tendency to blame everyone but himself when anything goes wrong causes problems with his best friend, with a young neighbor who idolizes him, and with one of his basketball teammates.

Centerfield Ballhawk: A Peach Street Mudders Story

by Ellen Beier Matthew F Christopher

Jose Mendez wants to be a great batter just like his father was when he played in the minor leagues. But every time Jose picks up the bat, disaster strikes. Will Jose ever be able to match his dad's . 375 batting average?

Challenge at Second Base

by Matthew F Christopher

Stan Martin's chances of playing second base seem next to zero at the start of the season. His rival for the position, Gary Newman, looks tough to beat. Stan loves baseball-maybe even more than his brother, Phil, who played pro ball until quitting suddenly the year before-but after experiencing a few setbacks, Stan is tempted to quit too. Then Stan receives a mysterious note telling him to stick it out-and soon Stan finds himself face-to-face with the challenge at second base.

The Counterfeit Tackle

by Matthew F Christopher

Identical twins learn to accept the fact that they have different interests and abilities.

Dale Earnhardt Sr. (Legends in Sports)

by Matthew F Christopher

Dale Earnhardt, Sr. first broke onto the racing scene in 1979, when he was named Rookie of the Year. In the more than 20 years that followed, his daring driving style earned him several top honors, including his proudest moment, a victory at Daytona. On February 18th, 2001, Earnhardt had been racing in the Daytona 500, when in the final lap, he had a fatal crash. While other drivers have come and gone, the face of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. , with his handlebar moustache and wide grin, will always be the face of NACAR. Get to know a legend.

Dive Right In

by Matthew F Christopher

Twelve year old Traci Winchell is a gifted gymnast, but lately she's been having trouble-so much trouble that her coach warns her she may need to drop out or else risk serious injury. Traci wants to find something to fill the void left by gymnastics, but is diving for her?

The Dog That Called the Signals

by Matthew F Christopher William Ogden

When his dog, Harry, is grounded for nipping another dog, Mike wonders how he'll ever make it through the baseball game against the Robin Hood Arrows.

The Dog That Stole Football Plays

by Matthew F Christopher Daniel Vasconcellos Bill Ogden

Mike's football team is really put to the test when Harry, his telepathic dog, has to stay home. Can the team win without Harry's supernatural advice?

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