Lipman Pike: America's First Home Run King

by Richard Michelson

Other authorsZachary Pullen (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2011

Status

Available

Call number

E B PIK

Publication

Sleeping Bear Press (2011), Hardcover, 32 pages

Description

The biography of Lipman Pike, a power hitting pre-1900 baseball player who once outran a racehorse, told in picture book format.

Library's rating

Barcode

1972

Language

Lexile

900L

User reviews

LibraryThing member Sullywriter
Profile of an unsung early baseball hero.
LibraryThing member debnance
It seemed like everyone in Brooklyn was playing Base, a wonderful ball game. The Pike family wanted their son, Lipman to succeed in school and so succeed in life. Lip liked playing Base. He tried to go along with his parents’ wishes, but finally he moved to another city to play ball. His parents were astonished to learn that Lip would be making money playing ball; this seemed preposterous to them. Lip became the first home run king.

Big illustrations that give each character an oversized head and increase the sense of silliness in the story just a bit.

“’You traveled halfway around the world to follow your dreams,’ Lip reminded him. ‘There is nothing I love more than Base.’ Then Lip waved his parents closer and whispered, ‘The Athletics’ captain offered me $20 each week to play for his club.’

Mrs. Pike shook her head in disbelief. ‘Who ever heard of anyone being paid to chase a ball?’ she asked.”
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LibraryThing member STBA
What’s a nice Jewish boy doing playing baseball? This picture-book biography follows Pike from his father’s store in Brooklyn through his rise to fame as the first paid baseball player in America.
LibraryThing member matthewbloome
This was an interesting guy. Certainly it gives a new look to the old game of baseball or "base", as it was being called at that time. The prejudice that Lipman endured thanks to being a Jewish man from New York was certainly presented clearly here. It also interestingly brings up the idea of professional athletes who are paid for playing the game and how it initially was met with resistance. Not that I'm a big fan of where professional athletes' pay scale has gotten to now, but it was interesting to see how it came about.… (more)
LibraryThing member kkaspy
This is a great book to for students who are interested in baseball, especially true stories about baseball. It could be used in a unit about biographies or a unit about sports and famous players,
LibraryThing member melodyreads
Story of the beginning of professional baseball!!!
LibraryThing member kkaspy
This is a great book to for students who are interested in baseball, especially true stories about baseball. It could be used in a unit about biographies or a unit about sports and famous players,

ISBN

1585364657 / 9781585364657
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