Sunday, May 15, 2016
The Kid From Diamond Street
The Kid From Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton
By Audrey Vernick
Illustrated by Steven Salerno
Clarion Books, 2016. 40 p. Biography.
When 10-year-old Edith tried out for the Philadelphia Bobbies, an all-female baseball team, she made the team of women in their late teens and early twenties. Nicknamed "The Kid," she may have been small, but her skill made her the starting shortstop. In 1925, 13-year-old Edith's team was invited to play in Japan, a country that loves the sport and thought the team would be a popular attraction as they played against male college-age teams. This picture book covers Edith's adventures as she sailed overseas, experienced a new culture, and played baseball. A fun piece of little-known history that kids will enjoy reading, especially seeing how a little girl could take on the sport at such a young age.