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Brothers at Bat -written by Audrey Vernick & illustrated by Steven Salerno published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
"A captivating story, impeccable layout, and glorious illustrations make this historical account an unqualified winner." -New York Times Book Review
The true story of a New Jersey family with 16 children... and the 12 brothers formed a professional baseball team, competing in the 1930's, '40's, and '50's. In 1996 they were honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame as the longest playing all-brothers baseball team in history.
above: cropped view of the cover for Brothers at Bat.
left: neighborhood kids gather in the first days of spring to play some backyard baseball together, in a small seaside town in New Jersey back in the late 1920's.
above: detail of one of the final illustrations during the creation process, showing two (of the 12 brothers) as young adults on their professional team, using black charcoal pencil and ink.
above: one of their baseball gloves.
above: in 1952 the brothers played their last game together...
above: cropped view of a page from the printed book... one of the brothers is too slow at running the bases.