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Odd Ball: Hilarious, Unusual, & Bizarre Baseball Moments Hardcover – February 1, 2011

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Gr. 3-6—Few sports feature as many goofy moments as baseball. Some of the sport’s zaniest stories are retold here in cartoon art and comic-book-style panels that emphasize the silliness. Organized broadly into nine innings, the sketches feature some offbeat, some obscure, and some bizarre yarns that are closer to legend than fact. There’s a story about the player who left the game to wrestle alligators, and another, about a catcher whose nose was so long, it fit through his mask. There are chapters about equipment, four-legged fans, and even a chapter on how players’ ears have affected the game. Despite the table of contents and appended list of “Odd Facts about the Players,” only one source is cited. Strictly light fare intended to lure browsers and reluctant readers, this will also be a tasty snack for baseball fans. — Booklist, April 15, 2011

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“Bizarre” barely covers some of the wacky incidents Tocher gathers from baseball history. A trainer inserted a severed ear into “Sweet Lou” Johnson’s abdomen after a bus accident (for temporary safekeeping), and it was never removed. Mets outfielder Joe Christopher was able to move his cap around by wriggling his ears. Ineffective Giants hurler Cliff Melton tipped off batters to his pitches during his delivery because his ears were so big they blocked out the stands behind his head. And that’s just “All Ears,” the first of nine thematic “Innings,” each presented as a set of simply drawn cartoon panels threaded with terse commentary and the occasional punchline. Though a little knowledge of the game will make it easier to appreciate some of these feats and mishaps, even nonfans will wince at the account of a fan who was hit by a foul ball twice during the same at-bat, marvel at the achievements of one-handed pitcher Jim Abbott and laugh at the generally futile attempts to catch balls (or in one messy case, a grapefruit) dropped from the top of the Washington Monument, a passing stunt plane and other high points. An easy pitch, particularly to reluctant or inexpert readers. (Nonfiction browsing item. 9-11) --Kirkus Reviews, Jan 2011

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