Project Description


Play Ball Like the Hall of Famers

The Inside Scoop from 19 Baseball Greats

by Steven Krasner
illustrated by Keith Neely

Nineteen baseball Hall of Famers share winning strategies with young players and fans!

In this inside look at the fundamentals of baseball, author and veteran sports writer Steven Krasner asks some of the greatest ball players to ever play in the major leagues to explain the strategies and thought processes behind their winning ways. Each chapter includes an in-depth interview with the athlete, a glossary of baseball terms, anecdotes from the player’s career and memories from his youth, as well as advice for getting and maintaining a mental edge during the game.

From Johnny Bench on calling a game and Paul Molitor on bunting to Phil Niekro on throwing a knuckleball and Brooks Robinson on playing third base, heroes of the game offer sports fans a first-rate baseball education using their own big league experiences. More than just a how-to guide for playing baseball, Play Ball Like the Hall of Famers 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. Major League Ball Players featured:

  • Johnny Bench
  • George Brett
  • Rod Carew
  • Gary Carter
  • Orlando Cepeda
  • Bobby Doerr
  • Dennis Eckersley
  • Bob Feller
  • Whitey Ford
  • Harmon Killebrew
  • Bill Mazeroski
  • Paul Molitor
  • Phil Niekro
  • Brooks Robinson
  • Tom Seaver
  • Ozzie Smith
  • Don Sutton
  • Carl Yastrzemski
  • Robin Yount

Approved by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum!

Paperback: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-339-9
Total Pages: 208
Size: 7 x 9
Language: English
Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 105491
AR Reading Level: 5.7
AR Points: 5.7

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: R
F&P Grade: 4


“Fun to read and really useful for anyone who wants to play ball.” ―Booklist

“Black-and-white photos and line drawings appear throughout the succinct and readable interviews, and the perspectives are both detailed and insightful… Both fans and players will find much to enjoy in this well-crafted collection.” ―School Library Journal

“…a great read for athletes and aficianados who want the real scoop.” ―Curriculum Connection


Young Adult Top Forty ―Pennsylvania School Librarians Association 2006

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Meet the Author

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. You can visit his website here.