Robbie Hammond is the hardest throwing pitcher in the Babe Ruth League. But what good is all that heat when he can't seem to find the plate? With Robbie struggling, the Orioles are suffering through a nightmare season, still looking for their first win. Robbie's teammates are whispering that the only reason he's even pitching is because he's the coach's kid. They've even given him a new nickname: Ball Four.
What the other Orioles don't know is that Robbie is still haunted by a fastball that got away from him and injured a batter in last year's All-Star Game. Now, with the pressure mounting, he's willing to try anything to get his control back, including listening to a mysterious boy who just might hold the key to helping Robbie and the Orioles save their season.
This third action-packed book in Cal Ripken Jr.'s All-Star series will have readers on the edge of their seats as they root for Robbie's comeback.
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.