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Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems

Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems


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Baseball is a game of fine points and grand gestures, small blunders and bold accomplishments—the hook slide into second, the humble bunt, the unexpected wild pitch, the bases-loaded home run. Poet and baseball fan Marjorie Maddox pays tribute to these and other details that make the national pastime an enduring and engaging sport for players and fans alike. Surprising wordplay and keen images offer a unique perspective of the classic American game. John Sandford’s memorable characters and scenes play up the drama.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532697357
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 11/19/2019
Pages: 34
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Marjorie Maddox grew up with baseball, and she and her family have continued the rich tradition of the sport. She is the great grandniece of Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who helped break the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to the Major Leagues. She lives in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home of the Little League World Series. A professor of English at Lock Haven University, she is the author of a dozen collections of poetry, a short story collection, and four children's books. For more information, visit:

John Sandford has illustrated many books, including Down Buttermilk Lane by Barbara Mitchell; Moonstick: The Seasons of the Sioux by Eve Bunting; and The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers by Caroline Arnold. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Praise for Rules of the Game

“Maddox comes right over the heart of the plate with these gems, exploring all aspects of our great game. If you’re a fan, you’ll love her way with words (peanuts and Cracker Jack optional).”

—Paul B. Janeczko, author of That Sweet Diamond: Baseball Poems

“These energetic baseball poems are as intricate as the game itself. They’re full of playful language and baseball truths.”

—Rich Wallace, author of Wrestling Sturbridge and the Winning Season sports series

“These poems are delightful, evocative glimpses of the beauty and substance behind baseball. Short, quick, and playful, they evoke classic baseball poems by Robert Francis and Marianne Moore, while remaining accessible to children and interesting to adults.”

—Tim Wiles, coeditor of Line Drives:100 Contemporary Baseball Poems

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