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Free Baseball

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  371 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Felix knows his dad was a famous baseball player in Cuba—and that his father risked everything to send Felix to America. But his mom won’t reveal anything else. When a team with Cuban players comes into town, Felix wonders if they knew his dad, and sneaks into their locker room to ask. That’s when the players mistake him for their new batboy.

To uncover his father’s story,
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 2nd 2006 by Dutton Juvenile
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Levi Alexander
Apr 03, 2015 Levi Alexander rated it it was amazing
This book by Sue Corbett really surprised me because what it seemed like at first was just another book about a whiner complaining about life and in love with baseball, failing school and being a mediocre ball player. But by chapter six my opinion had changed greatly. I was actually really happy that this rare occurrence happened with this book. If the great change hadn’t happened I probably would not have finished this book because I was bored with it and I had another book that I was planning ...more
Gina Saenz
Nov 17, 2013 Gina Saenz added it
Shelves: libs-642
Free Baseball by Sue Corbett
Realistic Fiction
This book is about an eleven year old who misses his dad, but feels a very strong connection to him through baseball. Felix and his mother left Cuba when Felix was very young. Felix is hungry to find out information about his father. Is he still alive? Does he still play ball? His mother does not have the time to help him with his search and isn’t really ready for the challenge, so Felix takes matters into his own hands. His father sent him and his mo
Amanda Howell
Dec 05, 2013 Amanda Howell added it
Shelves: libs-642
Junior Book Log: Fiction - Realistic - Sports
Recommending Source: textbook pg. 171

Everyone wants to know who their biological parents are and that is no different the main character, Felix, in this story. Felix only knows a couple things about his father: that he was a Cuban baseball player, and that he gave everything he had so that Felix could come and live in America. But that is not enough for him. He wants to know his dad, he wants to learn all about him and his mother is not giving him the
Felix loves baseball, because he's good at it but also because his father in Cuba was a famous baseball player on the national team. Felix has never met his father, and his mother is too busy to give him the attention he needs, so he takes things into his own hands. This short book teaches about the Cuban immigration experience without being preachy.
11-year-old Felix loves baseball, and when he wins the chance to attend a local game he can't wait to enjoy the experience with his mom. Except his mom just never has time, and she ends up sending up with his babysitter. Tired of his mom's busy worklife Felix hides in the team's truck and ends up getting a position as a bat boy. During his time with the team Felix learns more about his mother's past, before she immigrated from Cuba, his father's baseball career, and himself.

This is a great read
Apr 25, 2009 Megan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 4th-7th grade boys, sports fans, bilingual students
Free Baseball reads like a Hallmark or ABC Family movie. A tween boy is mistaken for the batboy of a minor league team. Because Felix is searching for information on his long-lost father (a ball player from Cuba), he never tells the players or the manager that he is just a kid trying to get away from his babysitter for a while. He soon finds himself doing laundry and running errands for the team, all the while trying to find his answers.

This is probably a dream come true for boys who love baseb
Felix loves baseball. His father is a famous player in Cuba who risked everything to send his wife and infant son to America for a better life. Felix pins his hopes on meeting his dad someday and getting to know him better because his mother won't tell him much. Felix attends his first minor league game but his good time is ruined by his babysitter and her friends. Angrily he ditches the babysitter and sneaks into the locker room where the visiting team mistakes him for the new batboy. He doesn' ...more
i loved the book it was very entertaining to me i recommend other people to read it
Mar 26, 2008 Debbie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: baseball fans
Felix Piloto dreams of playing baseball like his father, a famous Cuban player who he has never met. Felix's mother works long hours to try to make a better life for Felix, but he feels neglected and misunderstood.

While attending a local game with his dreaded babysitter, Felix makes a decision that just might change his life forever. When he slips away from the babysitter and is mistaken for the visiting team's new batboy, he feels like he is part of the team. His mother won't miss him , right?
Jo Sorrell
Aug 28, 2014 Jo Sorrell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-elem-bob
The main character is Felix in story Free Baseball, by Sue Corbett. This adventure is about a boy and his love for the game of baseball. Felix is a Cuban boy who crossed borders by boat with his mother at the age of 3. When Felix enters a radio contest and wins two tickets to a local minor league baseball game his journey begins . Felix gets supposedly separated from his babysitter who took him to the game and decides to stowaway on the opposing team bus. He did this because the miracle, the opp ...more
Jun 30, 2008 Fluxbrarian rated it liked it
Recommends it for: boys, baseball fans
Felix is the son of a famous baseball player in Cuba, and he knows that his father risked everything to send him and his mother to America. But he doesn't know when his father will be able to join them in Florida, and his mother won’t tell him anything. When a minor-league team with Cuban players comes to town, Felix sneaks into the locker room to ask about his father. The team mistakes him for the new batboy, and when he stows away on their bus, he finds himself miles away from home. Felix, a h ...more
Mar 17, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Rounding up from the 3.5 stars I'd give it if Goodreads allowed... This was an enjoyable, well written story about Felix, a Cuban-born boy with a passion for baseball. He dreams that his father, a star player for the Cuban National team, will defect and play for the Major Leagues in the U.S., and that Felix himself will become a great player. He resents his mother for discouraging those hopes as well as for the long hours she works to support them. Among the sports-themed fiction for this grade ...more
Kate Hastings
Feb 16, 2014 Kate Hastings rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 4-6, baseball, Cuban-Americans
RL 800. Felix loves everything about baseball and can't understand why his mother HATES it, even though his father is a famous baseball player. Felix and his mother have lived in the US since Feliz was a baby-- he and his mother escaped from Cuba on a small boat. Now older, Felix is determined to find out more about his father and why he never made it to America.

The writing style is simple, with Spanish words peppered in to add to the authenticity. The ending is a bit predicable--but also what I
Apr 20, 2011 Adi rated it it was amazing
It is pretty intersting cause you have a little weird feeling why felix is running away from his mother and his baby sitter. I feel kind'a bad for his mom because she might think he is really safe but he is really not. And really weird because she didn't ask to talk to his friends mom which is what would i do.
But so far i am lovin it hope you read it because super good.i finished the book his mom got a job as the miracles genaral manager then they got vics house and now they are living a happy l
Apr 20, 2013 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This book should be on a summer reading list for kids because it will appeal to both boys and girls. The main character Felix is missing the father he never knew, who is a famous baseball player from Cuba. Felix lives and breathes baseball and wants to be a part of the game at any cost. When he wins tickets for a minor league game, his entire world changes. This is a sports story with an interesting plot and has characters that are well developed.
Very fun, positive story about Felix, and 11-year old Cuban boy who lives in Florida with his mother, and how his love of baseball affects both their lives—in good ways. And I LOVE Homer, the dog, and the friendships and inspiration Felix gets from the ball players while being their bat boy. The Cuban government plays a role in this book, though in a way that fits perfectly with the story without being over bearing. Good story.
Mar 18, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic, boys, sports
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, as I often am by sports stories. It's about the son of a Cuban baseball player who rafted over to Florida with his mother as a baby. He still hopes his father will join them someday. There's a bit of Spanish in it, but you can tell what is being said by the context, and there is a glossary of both Spanish and baseball terms in the back, for those who don't speak either language.
Mar 22, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic, boys, sports
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, as I often am by sports stories. It's about the son of a Cuban baseball player who rafted over to Florida with his mother as a baby. He still hopes his father will join them someday. There's a bit of Spanish in it, but you can tell what is being said by the context, and there is a glossary of both Spanish and baseball terms in the back, for those who don't speak either language.
Maggie V
Felix is obsessed with baseball and learning about his father. It was a simple story of Felix's journey to accept where he is in life and learning that he has a good life.

While the ending was a bit too neatly tied, I was glad that it was happy and Felix was able to grow and change.

I would recommend this to sports fans, boys, and an occasional single-parent child.
Apr 30, 2008 Allison rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
Good for a lower-middle end 5th grade group. There's lots of Spanish in the dialogue which can make it difficult for readers who have no Spanish background. The story itself is about Cuban immigration to the States, which can be a bit hard for some fifth graders to really grasp, but they get the baseball parts of the book
Nov 17, 2008 Tess rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
My mom got me this from her middle school library book fair. It's the cutest. Highly recommended for any youngster, but especially one who's into sports. I like that the author works in themes of family hardships and immigration as well; topics that young adults would do well to approach with empathy.
May 16, 2013 Duncan rated it it was amazing
Free Baseball is an amazing book. It is touching, suspenseful, and dramatic. When I first read it years ago, it became one of my all-time favorite books. For people who like to read and are looking for a good book, I highly recommend Free Baseball.
May 24, 2011 Eniliram rated it liked it
I think is really cool because is about base ball and because its about about a boy that want to play base ball but his mom doesn't trust him but when his mom sees him play base ball thats when his mom knows that hi can play base ball.
Mar 12, 2009 Pat rated it liked it
Shelves: ficton_ya, mcba08
A great tale of self-discovery and independence, set to a background of baseball. Recommended for middle school. Baseball fans will like this book, but since it doesn't contain a lot of baseball jargon, casual fans will like it, too.
Jul 06, 2008 Marcia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: baseball fans, grades 4+
Recommended to Marcia by: MCBA
This was a nice read on a hot summer day. Baseball, a little education on Balseros and Cuba, a likeable main character and a terrific cast of minor league ball players. The ending was so unplausible, but I loved it!
Derek Duerheimer
Dec 16, 2012 Derek Duerheimer rated it it was amazing
I thought it was amazinggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg ...more
Oct 08, 2008 B rated it it was amazing
A young Cuban American boy sneaks into a Florida locker room of baseball players, some Cuban also, looking for information about his father who he believes is a famous Cuban player. Very touching, great for a baseball lover.
Jan 08, 2016 Leslie rated it really liked it
A great story for any kid who likes Baseball! Insights into the history of Cuba, and the confining conditions in which the Cuban people live, are woven into the book, but it's really about the love of the game!
Feb 01, 2008 Catherine rated it liked it
This actually would be 2 1/2 stars if goodreads offered it. Formulaic, but I can usually live with schlocky sports-story tropes. What really put me off was the dog. Even I was rolling my eyes, and I'll forgive almost anything having to do with dog characters.
Oct 03, 2011 Sallyavena rated it liked it
Shelves: for-boys
I picked this one up because I liked her book 'Last Newspaper Boy' so much. This one was okay, but not as witty as the other book. Would be great for a boy that loved baseball.
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Sue Corbett is the author of 12 Again, Winner of the California Young Reader Medal, and Free Baseball, a finalist for 10 state readers' choice awards. Her latest novel is The Last Newspaper Boy in America and her first picture book, The 12 Days of Christmas in Virginia, have just been released this fall. "
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