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Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream / by Crystal Hubbard, illustrated by Randy DuBurke

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Title: Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream
Author: Crystal Hubbard

Illustrator: Randy DuBurke
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
ISBN: 978-1-60060-572-7
Year: 2005 (paperback 2010)

Concepts: discrimination, economics of gender, careers

Review: With every fiber of her being, Marcenia Lyle wanted to become a baseball player when she grew up.  She loved the game more than anything else and did as well as, if not better than, the local boys with whom she played after school.  However, in the early 1900s, all sorts of rules and social norms prevented girls and women from playing baseball.  This rule also applied to the summer baseball camp run by Gabby Street, the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals who had visited Marcenia’s home town to scout some players for the camp.  Marcenia would have to convince him, and her parents, that she had the talent and drive to warrant an invitation to join that camp.

Marcenia, who later changed her name to Toni Stone, ultimately became the first woman to join an all-male professional baseball team when she played for the Negro League Indianapolis Clowns.  By focusing on a key event in her upbringing, this book provides young readers with an appealing introduction to how Toni Stone managed to break both gender and racial barriers in pursuing her professional dream.

Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

 

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