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Some say Shoeless Joe Jackson was the greatest hitter ever. But Shoeless Joe had a partner: his bat, Black Betsy. And if not for the faithful Black Betsy, Joe might never even have made it to the major leagues.
This is the story of two great partners in baseball history -- Shoeless Joe Jackson and his bat, Black Betsy.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Sydney Smith
This Texas Bluebonnet Award winner is about baseball player who played in just socks, Joe Jackson and his journey to the major leagues through years of striking out by not having the correct bat, and then not taking care of it. Shoeless Joe made many trips to Ol' Charlie Ferguson for assistance in creating the perfect bat from the perfect wood so he can make hits in the minor leagues. Eventually, he gets the right bat, named Black Betsy, and is called up to the major leagues, but he doesn't take ...more
AGastolek
This is a story of “Shoeless Joe” – Joseph Jefferson Jackson, one of the greatest hitters in major league baseball. Before he became famous, Joe went through a terrible hitting slump. Then, with the help of his old friend, the bat smith Charlie Ferguson, Joe was able to regain his aim and hitting. He followed his friend’s advises on how to take care of his handmade bat - Black Betsy. The book is written by Phil Bildner, a writer and a New York City public school teacher. It is beautifully comple ...more
Lindsey
Shoeless Joe was a baseball player back in the early 1900s who was nicknamed Shoeless Joe for playing shoeless in a game after his feet were sore from wearing a new pair of cleets. He was extremely particular about the bats he used and would switch his bat every time he went into a slump. In this book, he goes to a man named Ol' Charlie who makes him different bats in order to get him out of his slumps. This book was a great read for me because I really enjoy watching baseball so I enjoyed learn ...more
John Yelverton
It was a bit wordy for a children's book, but it was still a fun and educational book to read.
Chelsea Kimmey
This text would favor boys who love baseball. It teaches the value of never giving up and to keep trying.
Christine
This story is part biography and part fiction. It’s an okay story, but I found the colloquial dialect of South Carolina to be stilted and distracting. The dialect, coupled with a few odd stories (did Jackson really sleep with his bat?), cause the reader to walk away with the impression that Shoeless Joe was somewhat of an idiot. He was, in real life, uneducated and illiterate – but that doesn’t make him an idiot. The Afterword of the book provides an accurate biography of Shoeless Joe, and the f ...more
Kelsey Nauert
This book was about "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and how his baseball career came to be, After a rollercoaster ride between the majors and minors, Shoeless Joe finally gets his bat just right and hits better than ever. This book was very well written and the illustrations were very different but good. The story is a true one, which can help inspire students to follow their dreams and to invest in things emotionally too.
Victoria Kilcrease
This picture book is entitles Shoeless Joe and Black Betsy and is by Phil Bildner. It is a historical fiction which seems to be geared toward older children and can be used in different ways with grades 3-6. It takes the reader on a journey with "Shoeless" Joe Jackson as he goes on the hunt to find the right bat. This book could be used for a writing activity and to teach new vocabulary.
Paul  Hankins
A non-fiction based story of Shoeless Joe and his peculiar relationships with his bats, particularly one special bat nicknamed,"Black Betsy."

The repetition of the advise given to Shoeless Joe by the bat maker invites a rhythmic, predictable progression that invites read-aloud.

Guy readers will love that Bildner includes stats in the back of the book!
Mari
Shoeless Joe, an amezing player. This book teachers young reader about overcoming predujice and superstitions. Joe finally understood he was a good player and that the bat was only an instrument to play. Often time, kids need to now they are great players, students and they need to find someone to remind them.
Liz
3.5 stars
Another baseball story I found interesting to learn about. Black Betsy was his favorite bat, and he was very picky about his bats! More about "Shoeless Joe" in the back matter--a great player who was involved in the famous Black Sox scandal, though little evidence of his involvement was ever proved.
Jessie
A fictionalized story of Shoeless Joe Jackson's superstitions over his black baseball bat. The story wasn't great, but the images were well-done and makes for a great addition for a collection of books about baseball.
Theresa
beautiful pictures, a teacher read book that teaches kids about trying again and again to accomplish a goal.
Allison
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Dakota Mcintosh
This is just a fantastic book for children to learn about one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
Deanna
I enjoyed this book, especially after reading Shoeless Joe and Me by Dan Gutman.
Alicia
I kept waiting for more to happen, but it didn't.
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Phil Bildner, 41, grew up in the New York City suburb of Jericho, Long Island. He attended the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received his undergraduate degree in political science. Phil then attended the New York University School of Law (J.D. ’90) and was admitted to the bar in both New York and New Jersey.

Phil went to work for a large Manhattan law firm; however, afte
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