"Squeeze Play" written by Bill J. Carol. Published by Steck-Vaughn, copyright 1971.
Summary: "Mickey Ortega is a tall, eleven-year-old boy who likes to spend all his leisure time reading books-until the day he discovers baseball! Mickey suddenly realizes what he has been missing by not being a member of the Little League team, the Tigers.
But Mickey discovers that the sport requires more than just the desire to play, and he is embarrassed at his awkwardness and lack of skill. Mickey's father wants to encourage the boy, but becomes impatient with MIckey's ineptness and mistakes. To make things worse, Coach Farber tells Mickey he isn't ready to play with the Tigers and suggests he practice and try out for one of the minor leagues. But that is a disaster, too, because of Mickey's size.
Ollie Masters, a former professional baseball player, enters the story, Ollie teaches Mickey not only his stance and ways of hitting and catching balls, but also attitudes of good sportsmanship. Mickey's father learns from the older man just how to deal with a fledgling Little League player.
How Mickey works out his problem and makes the team-without abandoning his books-creates an exciting story that has much to say about a young person's adjustment to the situations he meets-on and off the baseball field.
122 page hard cover book in very good condition with no rips, tears, or writing.The dust jacket is in poor condition. See the pictures for more details.
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