Creative Sports: Baltimore Orioles
Creative Sports: Baltimore Orioles
Creative Sports: Baltimore Orioles
Creative Sports: Baltimore Orioles

Creative Sports: Baltimore Orioles

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Encompassing the extraordinary history of Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles, this photo-laden narrative underscores significant players, team accomplishments, and noteworthy moments that will stand out in young sports fans’ minds.

Part of the Creative Sports series

Reviews

The Creative Company gave us the nearly impeccable “Creative Sports: Veterans,” which is suitable for upper elementary and even middle schoolers—both for free reading and report writing.

School Library Journal , 04/01/2021

For readers looking to gain a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of their favorite team, this series is almost impeccable. Spanning the history of each team, from creation to present day, Goodman and Whiting provide thorough, well-researched histories that are engaging and informative. The narratives flow naturally, broken up only occasionally by short “Extra Innings” sections highlighting star players and unique moments in the teams’ histories. Particularly interesting tidbits include the so-called “Black Cat Mystery,” a moment in a Mets game where a black cat crawled out of the stands and spooked the Chicago Cubs into a loss. Mentions of mascots and between-inning fanfare, like the Milwaukee Brewers’ homer-celebrating Bernie Brewer and the Washington Nationals’ racing presidents, will intrigue casual readers and delight avid fans, giving them more insight into the creation of these unique characters. VERDICT Overall, this series is a grand slam. Buy ’em all if you can!

School Library Journal , 04/01/2021

The Creative Sports: Veterans series (30 titles) offers polished overviews of each Major League Baseball team, and this entry opens with Orioles star Cal Ripken Jr.’s unforgettable game in 1995 when he broke the record for most consecutive MLB games played. The text then rolls back to the team’s 1954 origins and successful technique of investing in Baltimore’s minor leagues, which produced amazing Orioles players like Brooks Robinson; in later years, however, the team fell away from this practice and landed in a prolonged losing streak. Snappy writing caters to readers with a solid grasp of RBIs and batting averages, and the book’s sleek design gives it a mature look. “Extra Innings” pages of team trivia are intermixed with the main text, adding further interest to an excellent sports resource.

–Julia Smith , Booklist, 04/01/2021

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