July 4th, 2011
So when I was approached to read and review First Pitch: How Baseball Began, the first children’s book written by Bob Davids Awards winner (Given by (SABR) the Society of for American Baseball Research) John Thorn, I was very excited.
Mr. Thorn, who has written many books on the history of our National Pastime, was recently named Official Baseball Historian by Major League Baseball. So who better than he to educate and entertain the next generation of baseball fans?
And he does both, in wonderful fashion. Beautifully illustrated, the book looks like the old fashioned baseball cards that line the walls at the Baseball Hall of Fame, and tells the stories of how baseball really began–not invented by General Abner Doubleday in one day at Cooperstown in 1839, but developed slowly, taking bits and pieces from other similar types of games that were played throughout history, some as early as 4500 years ago by the Egyptians!
Meticulously researched and written with great charm, First Pitch is filled with old photos and memorabilia of the game, and will give your children a view into the games that came before, the men who contributed (or not) to the sport we all known and love.
Available at Amazon.com, and where other fine books are sold, First Pitch is a must for any baseball fan, from age 2 to age 80. The perfect book to sit down with your kids and read all about it…Check it out!