A few weeks ago, I reflected on the beginning of the year. I realized a stumbling block to my reviewing books and decided I didn’t like it. The realization sparked a plan to change. Taking a personal day, I took two bags of books, my sticky notes, and computer to the nearby Starbucks. Books laid out, pen in hand, I wrote. I had so much fun. I laughed at books, trying to hold my chuckles in. (I’m sure the groups of men around me wondered what I was up to.) I found a system I can manage and am happy.
In the height of the World Series, one Giant’s player needs to be highlighted: Willie Mays. He is one of the best all around baseball players. In You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! Jonah Winters shares how Willie’s hero, Joe DiMaggio, inspired Willie to play hard. His natural talent mixed with determination and fatherly coaching, Willie worked at perfecting his baseball skills. By age 15, his career in the Negro Leagues began.
In 1951, Willie Mays was drafted by the Giants, rejuvenating the team with his intense effort. In the 1954 World Series, Willie made an incredible catch – and was viewed by millions of people on TV.
“You could fill a whole book with all the jaw-droppin’ plays Willie made, all the homers he hit, all the bases he stole.”
View the amazing catch:
Savorings for reading and in writing for You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!:
- Explode the moment – the catch, the throw
- Quotes – radio announcers
- Repeating line – “He was the kid who…“
- Voice – draws the reader in
- Ticket inserts – informational text highlighting the history and stats behind the story