In this ALA Jr. Literary Guild selection by John H. Ritter, a rough-and-tumble band of batsmen from a California boomtown insist they're the country's best baseball team. To back up their boast, they make a wager with the 1881 champion Chicago White Stockings. Into this high-stakes climate rides 12-year-old baseball virtuoso Jack Dillon with his newfound friend, Billy the Kid. This sets the stage for a fun-filled, rip-roaring baseball shootout. "The Desperado Who Stole Baseball has it all-rich baseball lore, a rollicking Western adventure, and storytelling gold. A terrific book."-Mike Lupica, author
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by John Ritter
by John H. Ritter
by Gary Soto
by Claudia Mills
by Judith Byron Schachner
by Gordon Korman
"Narrator Robert Ramirez is clearly having a good time delivering Ritter's tongue-in-cheek humor and intriguing mix of the Wild West and 1880s vintage baseball in a California gold-mining town. After all, it's pure fun to bring Billy the Kid up to bat and, what's more, have him hit a bullet in this tall tale. A prequel to Ritter's THE BOY WHO SAVED BASEBALL, this book revisits the Dillontown Nine, a team stacked with memorable misfits. Ramirez gives each his due. His warm storyteller's voice makes listeners believe it all really happened. Or could have. Or SHOULD have! This narrator sits tall in the saddle AND hits a home run. M.M.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"