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Six Good Innings: How One Small Town Became a Little League Giant

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  56 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
In the tradition of Friday Night Lights comes an unforgettable portrait of a small New Jersey town that became known throughout the world for the remarkable exploits of its Little League stars.

Summertime in Toms River means two things: tourists and champions. The tourists head for the beaches; the 12-year-old Little League champions can be found on the baseball diamonds, w
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published July 1st 2008)
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This is a good book to get a taste of competitive Little League. However, a taste is all you are going to get. The author is used to doing quick sound bites on ESPN and writing mini articles in magazines. This book could have been longer and probably should have been. The beginning part of it is rather boring. It details the town and the Little League system of Toms River. After the book gets through that then it details what the 1995-99 teams have won in the past. I thought the reader would get ...more
Scott Tappa
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone for whom Little League baseball and youth sports coaching have been incredibly impactful, he found this book really enjoyable.
Anna Ligtenberg
ISBN 006147357X - Any parent or player who's given up summer after summer for baseball, in any youth baseball program, not just Little League, is bound to recognize something of themselves and the players they've known in this book. That, alone, makes it an interesting read for that audience. The author's style of storytelling, unfortunately, doesn't seem likely to attract a wider readership.

Toms River's All Stars, having made their way to the Show in 1995, 1998 and 1999 with Mike Gaynor, have s
John Teodor Macdonald
Title: Six Good Innings: How One Small Town Became A Little League Giant
Author: Mark Kreidler
Date Published: 2008
Genre: Non-Fiction

Six good innings was really a fascinating book. It takes place in Toms River, New Jersey, also known as the baseball factory for all the generations of baseball players it has produced. The Toms River Americans of 2006 had made an incredible run all the way through the state tournament. But after losing an unbelievable game, the season was over. Now, it's summer of 2
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A league of their own

Six good innings could be an excruciating experience for a group of under-aged players who are about 12 years old. Little league baseball is a favorite activity for many families who spend many summer months playing and enjoying the game, and it is great for both kids and parents. But when the game becomes extremely competitive and demanding, the coaches and some parents could bring enormous amount stress on a growing child. Professional players and some college players are
Feb 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminds me a lot of David Halberstam's "Summer of '49" or "October 1964" - it's a baseball book, ultimately focusing on a season or part of a season. Like Halberstam, Kreidler tells the story in real time, with many breaks for filling in the back story for a particular character. It's not always an exact alternate format for each chapter, but it's close.

Then, by the time you get to the climax, you know the stories behind all of the major characters and the last few chapters are told in
Jeff Babcock
Six Good Innings by Mark Kreidler is a book about a 12 year old baseball team who made it to the Little League World Series three times in five years. I would recommend this book to all sports fans and younger kids who are interested in baseball and who play baseball. It is a quick read if you are into sports and especially if you play baseball and watch the Little League World Series.

Overall this was a good book, if there were changes that could be made, one would be more explanantion of how th
Dec 09, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book, the six good innings is very hard to understand at the start; however, when you get more into the story it gets easier to understand. The Toms River dynasty is the main team who had won the Little League World Series the year before and is coming back with a lot more pressure. The setting to this story is important because if you didn't know that they were playing baseball you would be confused on what the book was trying to say. The Toms River Dynasty won the championship game to get ...more
Jo Oehrlein
The author follows a Little League all-star team through the course of the season as they try to make Williamsport. There's lots of pressure on the team as their town has had much success and the all-star team is returning after a good run the year before. Along the way, we learn what part fate plays in the team success. Injuries and growth spurts (or not) can make or break a team. Groups that gel one year may not gel the next.

Does bringing up Williamsport too early jinx your chances? Should boy
Tyler Fisher
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: little-league
Toms River is home to one of the most historic liitle league baseball organizatons. They have won two world championships and have made several trips to Williamsport. Mark Kreidler follows one 12 year old team from Toms River from winter camp to tryouts to their final loss. This team doesn't make it to Williamsport but shows what kids can do for a communtity.
Barb Butler
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Requested this from the library because we were scheduled to attend a tournament in Toms River and I thought it would make it more interesting. Tournament is cancelled, but glad I read this nice piece of sports "journalism turned novel. Wish I had learned more about many of the side characters....likely a sign of a good story!
Christine Zavaglia
A great book for anyone who loves the game of baseball. If you have or have had a son/daughter who played little league,you can really relate.
Jim Trela
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a dad of little leaguers...this is a good read. Shows how real tough it is to get to the little league World Series. Portrays reality. Whether in New Jersey. Or in any other little league
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent story about little league baseball in this contry. Not only did it talk about the positive side, but it also touched on the darker sides. An enjoyable and easy read.
It is pretty good but so much backstory.
Ray Charbonneau
Typical Little League stuff.
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A sports writer and columnist, Mark Kreidler currently contributes to both and ESPN: The Magazine. He is the author of Four Days to Glory, Six Good Innings, and The Voodoo Wave. He lives in Davis, California.
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