Cody Parker is the new kid in school. He's overweight, scared and hates his new life in Dullsville, Maryland, aka Baltimore, where he's a target okay, a big target for brutal teasing. But he loves baseball. And despite his size, he plays third base like a dream. Too bad he's competing for the starting job on the Orioles of the Dulaney Babe Ruth League against budding hoodlum Dante Rizzo, who vows to squeeze Cody's head like a grape if he beats him out. Life gets even more complicated when Cody's school, York Middle, is beset by a rash of mysterious thefts, a crime wave that threatens to sideline Cody and ruin a golden season for the Orioles. Will Cody ever succeed in getting people to see him for who he really is?
About the Author
Cal Ripken, Sr., has spent most of his life playing or coaching the game of baseball, including thirty-eight years in the professional ranks with the Baltimore Orioles. He has managed at five different professional levels and owns a combined 1,032-897 (.535) record as a manager in the majors and minors. He has also served as coach for two American League pennant winners (1979, 1983) and one World Series winner (1983). He lives with his wife, Violet, in Aberdeen, Maryland, and teaches at the Cal Ripken Baseball School in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Kevin Cowherd was an award-winning features and sports columnist for The Baltimore Sun for 32 years before taking a buyout in 2013. He is the co-author, along with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., of the New York Times best-seller "Hothead" and three other baseball novels for young readers. He has also written for Men's Health, Parenting and Baseball Digest magazines and is the author of a collection of columns, "Last Call at the 7-Eleven," published by Bancroft Press. He lives with his wife, Nancy, in Cockeysville, Md.