Babe Ruth Saves Baseball! (Step into Reading 3)
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Batter up! It’s 1919 and baseball is in trouble! All across the country, people are throwing down their bats, and giving up America’s national pastime. It’s up to Babe Ruth to win back fans and save baseball! Can he do it, or will he strike out?
people said. Babe was changing people’s minds about baseball. And Babe’s home runs changed baseball. Now every team tried to hit more home runs. Other players even tried to copy Babe’s swing. That meant more runs and more excitement! Babe loved children. So he did something fun for them. He signed hundreds of baseballs. Then he hid them. Children raced around town to find them! More and more fans came to watch Babe! People were too crowded. The Yankees needed more
ball. Babe swung with all his might. Whack! The radio announcer called out, “He did it! He did it! Babe Ruth hits the first home run ever at Yankee Stadium!” Babe jogged around the bases. The crowd stood and cheered. “Hooray for Babe!” “Hooray for baseball!” Babe crossed home plate. He lifted his cap and waved to the fans. Then he bowed. His wish had come true. Babe hit a total of 714 home runs in his career. He was one of the first players elected to the National
Toronto. stepintoreading.com Educators and librarians, for a variety of teaching tools, visit us at randomhouse.com/teachers Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Murphy, Frank. Babe Ruth saves baseball! / by Frank Murphy; illustrated by Richard Walz. — 1st ed. p. cm. — (Step into reading) ISBN 978-0-375-83048-8 (trade) ISBN 0-375-93048-5 (lib. bdg.) 1. Ruth, Babe, 1895–1948—Juvenile literature. 2. Baseball players—United States—Biography—Juvenile literature. [1. Ruth, Babe,
run. It was against the New York Yankees! He hit it hard. He hit it high. And he hit it far. Fans cheered. They had never seen a home run quite like it. People began to wonder, why isn’t Babe a hitter? “Babe, get ready to bat more!” said Babe’s coach. Babe still had to pitch in some games. But now he got to play every day! In 1919, Babe hit the most home runs ever—29. In every city he played in, people kept track of Babe’s home runs. Babe kept track, too— by carving
notches in his bat! And Babe hit at least one home run in every city he visited. No one had done that before. Babe became the king of home runs! In that year, something bad happened to baseball. Fans were excited about the World Series. They wanted to find out which team was the best— the Chicago White Sox or the Cincinnati Reds. But some White Sox players cheated. People all across America found out. People were shocked. Many fans stopped going to the ball fields.