Back of Book: In the summer of 1941, Yankee center fielder Joe DiMaggio and his favorite bat, Betsy Ann, begin the longest hitting streak in baseball history. But when Betsy Ann goes missing, will DiMaggio keep hitting? Set on the brink of World War II, this is a spellbinding account of a sports story that united the country and made DiMaggio a hero, at a time when one was profoundly needed.
I love finding solid biographies about the heroes of baseball. Baseball is not on a sport, but a way of life. Joe DiMaggio was not trying to make history, he was just playing baseball. In the process, he became the hero that America needed. I loved reading more about the great man who become famous for hitting a streak. This story is well written and the events flow smoothly. The illustrations are truly stunning. I love that in the back of this book is an author’s note, and quotes about Joe DiMaggio. The book also has the hitting streaks and source notes. This is a perfect book to use with any unit about the war or baseball.
Ages 8 and up