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The Big Stretch by Duane Decker
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Apr 18, 2009

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bookshelves: 20th-century, childrensbooks, sports, series
Recommended to CLM by: Ward School Library
Read in April, 2009

Stretch used to be the Buster the bat boy for the famous Blue Sox baseball team. He worked hard to improve his game and spent time in the minor leagues so it's a dream come true when he gets called up to the Big Show - and to play first base for the team he has always idolized. With just as many freckles, a fair amount of humility, and a nickname that reflects his skill handling a baseball, Stretch eagerly returns to the locker room where he once waited on the players. To his surprise, even the players who were kind to him as a teenager are condescending to him now and don't realize he has grown up and become a real athlete. Even worse, they blame him for the benching of Marty Blake, the long time first baseman! Can Stretch use his skill on the diamond to gain acceptance and help the Blue Sox win the pennant?

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