Albert Whitman | 32 Pages Ages 4-8 |  Full-color illustrations ISBN: 978-0-8075-0379-9

Albert Whitman | 32 Pages
Ages 4-8 |  Full-color illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-8075-0379-9




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Anybody's Game

Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball

It was 1950. And girls did not play baseball.

Kathryn Johnston was better at baseball than most boys. All she wanted was to play for a real team, but Little League coaches wouldn't let girls try out. One day, when a new team held tryouts across town, Kathryn made a big decision . . . Snip! She cut off her braids and went to the tryouts as a boy.

Discover the amazing true story of Kathryn "Tubby" Johnston, who stepped up to the plate and showed the world that some rules were meant to be broken.

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"Lang tells the tale in a direct and sympathetic manner, without maudlin sentimentality or anger, instead stressing Kathryn's love of baseball and her strength of character...Young readers are introduced to an admirable woman...Hooray for Kathryn, who made her quiet mark on baseball." Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will admire her grit and determination—particularly when she demands that her mother cut off her long braids so she can try out for Little League ‘as a boy.’"—Publishers Weekly

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