Guide to Juvenile Baseball Books: E
- Earl, John Prescott. The School Team on the Diamond. 1911. Philadelphia: Penn, 1912. At Standham Academy, a series of intraschool baseball matches leads to the selection of a team for interschool play.
About as thrilling as it sounds . . . "John Prescott Earl," according to Andy McCue's Baseball by the Books (Dubuque: William C. Brown, 1991: 38), was a pseudonym for Beth Bradford Gilchrist, the biographer of American educator Mary Lyon.
- Edmunds, Murrell. Behold, Thy Brother. New York: Beechhurst Press, 1950. A speculative fiction: what if, late in the 1945 season, a struggling major league ball club had signed a black pitcher--and then thrown him into action for the first time in the pennant-deciding game?
A strange fiction: on the one hand it's an art novella by a highbrow novelist; on the other hand, it's basically a kids' story, and is sometimes shelved in the juvenile section of libraries. Reflects the odd situation of "serious" adult baseball fiction around the year 1950; at the time, there were few models for novelists. In its action and theme, it's a taut, well-written story. Of course by 1950 the speculative aspect of the fiction had somewhat lost its edge . . . but I've been unable to find an earlier publication for the work.
- Egan, Tim. Roasted Peanuts. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. A pair of friends help their home team in different ways: one slugs home runs, the other breaks peanut-tossing records.
Gentle picture book that includes athletes and non-athletes alike in the sport experience.
- Elish, Dan. Jason and the Baseball Bear. Illustrated by John Stadler. New York: Orchard Books, 1990. A fourth-grade youth leaguer takes batting lessons from a talking polar bear.
By The Kid Who Only Hit Homers out of Charlotte's Web . . . it gets perhaps a little fey for its middle-elementary reading level; younger kids might like the story better, but would need it read to them and would miss some of the references.
- Ellery, Amanda. If I Were a Jungle Animal. Illustrated by Tom Ellery. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009. Picture book: a right fielder daydreams about being various wild creatures, but comes to his senses in time to catch a fly ball.
- Emery, R.G. High, Inside! Philadelphia: Macrae-Smith, 1948. Young pitching phenom hurts his arm and loses a huge bonus, but makes his comeback as a left-handed first baseman.
The Kid from Tomkinsville motif, with an interesting emphasis on baseball economics. Young Cleve Coleman starts his pro career as a total mercenary, but the vicissitudes of his rookie season turn him into a veteran who plays for the love of the game.
- Erin, Bill. "The Rookie from Middleton." In Margulies (1948). Town-team catcher, blocked from playing by his coach's son, shines when an opponent's injury gives him the chance to compete against his mates.
- Ethridge, Kenneth E. Viola, Furgy, Bobbi, and Me. New York: Holiday House, 1989. An old woman and three ninth-graders bond over the Detroit Tigers.
A mannered and implausible story redeemed by the wholesome message that kids can learn a lot from their elders.