Babe Ruth book

Mr. David A. Kelly just sent me and Kate a copy of the first book he wrote — Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse. He wrote it in 2009, but a new version of it just came out. It’s got neat new facts in the back about the Red Sox and Babe Ruth. See for yourself:

Cool stuff at the end of Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse
Cool stuff at the end of Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse

The new version of the book has a new cover. Instead of a painting of Babe Ruth, it has a cool picture of Babe Ruth just after he hit a baseball. I’ll bet it’s a home run!

Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse-2014

(I keep trying to pretend I’m Babe Ruth but somehow the balls don’t go that far when I hit them.)

Kate and I really like this book. After we got back from our first adventure to Boston’s Fenway Park, I took it out of the library to read up on Babe Ruth. Kate read it when I was done. Then she came up with the great idea of asking Mr. Kelly to write about how we helped Boston’s Big D find his missing bat. Since then, we’ve let Mr. Kelly write about our all adventures at baseball stadiums. That way, we get to have fun, and he has to do all the work!

Fenway Foul-Up Missing Chapter

Ballpark Mysteries or Red Sox fans will want to check out the latest addition to the Ballpark Mysteries website. It’s a missing chapter from the first Ballpark Mysteries book, The Fenway Foul-Up.

The Ted Williams red seat at Fenway Park in Boston. (photo credit:
The Ted Williams red seat at Fenway Park in Boston. (photo credit:

In the book, Kate and I had a great time visiting Boston and helping Big D find his missing bat. But even if you read the book, you didn’t catch all the action. Check out the missing chapter from The Fenway Foul-Up to see what happened after the book ended.

Guess who’s a fan of Ballpark Mysteries? David Ortiz!

Wow! Kate and I went to see the Red Sox play in Ballpark Mysteries book 1, The Fenway Foul-Up. We had a blast. But we had an even bigger blast last week when Mr. Kelly showed us this picture.

A baseball signed by Red Sox slugger and Ballpark Mysteries fan David Ortiz!

It turns out that Mr. Kelly knows someone who knows David Ortiz, so he sent along copies of the Ballpark Mysteries and his other book, Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse (in which Mr. Ortiz plays a really big part!). Turns out that David’s son enjoyed the books, so he send back a signed baseball! How — Cool — Is — That??

(P.S. – The B.P. after his name stands for his nickname “Big Papi!”)

Ballpark Mysteries and Wally, from the Red Sox!

Well, Kate and I haven’t made it to the Red Sox yet, but we’re getting closer. Or at least the Ballpark Mysteries are! The author, Mr. Kelly, is actually doing a reading from Ballpark Mysteries book 1 – The Fenway Foul-Up with Wally, the mascot from the Red Sox!

Wally, The Green Monster (photo: Boston Red Sox)

It’s happening at the Boston Public Library’s Dorchester branch. It’s so big that that Mayor of Boston is even speaking! (Okay, I think he’s there to talk about the library’s Read Your Way to Fenway program, but maybe he’s a fan of the Ballpark Mysteries too!)

Kate and I are still in school, otherwise we’d go. I mean, Wally’s even in the book! I’d love to get his autograph. But I don’t know if he can hold a pen with those big green hands he has.

Review of Cool Babe Ruth Book

One of the reasons that we let Mr. Kelly write the BALLPARK MYSTERIES books is that he wrote this really cool book about Babe Ruth.

Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse

It tells how the Boston Red Sox won 5 of the first 15 World Series and were a great team UNTIL they traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees. After that, the Yankees won World Series after World Series, and the Red Sox couldn’t win any! That’s what they call the “Curse of the Bambino.” But–Red Sox fans can cheer here–the book also tells the incredible story of the 2004 Red Sox and how they FINALLY won the world Series.

Anyway, I just came across a great review of BABE RUTH AND THE BASEBALL CURSE, and an interview with Mr. Kelly that includes information on the BALLPARK MYSTERIES!

First Pitch at Portland Sea Dogs Game

Mr. Kelly (the author of the Ballpark Mysteries) got invited to Portland, Maine to throw out the first pitch at last Saturday’s game. Here’s a picture of him doing it.

Ballpark Mysteries Author David A. Kelly Throwing Out First Pitch

While he’s a pretty good writer, it certainly doesn’t look like any of the Sea Dogs pitching staff have to worry about their jobs. Maybe my Little League team should challenge him to a game. We could use an easy win!

(Kate says I should be nice to Mr. Kelly, or she’ll make me write the next book…. I guess I should also say that Mr. Kelly did make it squarely over the plate, so I guess he’s not that bad!)

(photo credit: Portland Sea Dogs; Greg Cavanaugh)

Opening Day – 2011

Wow! Today is finally opening day. The first real baseball games (that count) for 2011. Today, when it comes to baseball, anything is possible. Any team has just as much chance of winning the World Series this year as any other team. At least before the games start!

L.A. Dodgers Dodger Stadium - This won't be empty after opening day!

It’s just like when Kate and I go to visit a ballpark. Anything is possible. So far, we’ve seen bats stolen, ghosts making strange noises, and even some really strange mysterious events (but more about that in book 3 – The Ballpark Mysteries L.A. Dodger!).

I’d love to write more, but I’m heading to the TV to see what opening day game I should watch…. The Yankees? The Red Sox? San Francisco? There’s too much to choose from. Batter up for a great season!

The Ballpark Mysteries Books Arrive!

Looks like Spring Training has started! Kate and I are excited because Random House is now selling the first two books about our adventures at the ballparks–THE BALLPARK MYSTERIES! I think they look great!

The Ballpark Mysteries from Random House

You would never believe how LONG it takes to get a book published. We went to Boston’s Fenway Park ages ago, but it took forever to finish the books. (I know that the author, Mr. Kelly, is a slow writer like me, but I guess super-duper publishers like Random House take their time in the on-deck circle, if you know what I mean. They like things to be perfect. I’d rather just step up to home plate and swing!)

Anyway, the books are finally here. Now I won’t have to do any work when my teacher asks us to write an essay about my “perfect day”–I can just hand her one of the books!

Green Monster

We were so excited to go to Boston to see the Red Sox! Kate’s mom had to drive out to report on a game for the AmericanSportz website. So she asked us if we wanted to come. Of course, we said yes! We had to leave early from Cooperstown (it’s about six hours away). We stayed in a hotel. But best of all, we saw the Boston Red Sox. We also met Big D, their star hitter. But that comes later in the story.

We went to Fenway Park (that’s where the Boston Red Sox play) early. Kate’s mom went up to the press box. But Kate and I watched batting practice from Fenway’s Green Monster seats. No, there’s no monster. That’s just the name for the giant, green left field wall at Fenway. Anyway, I almost had my head taken off by one home run. It was so cool!

After batting practice we went up to see Kate’s mom in the press box. But that’s when it happened. We saw security people on the field. And a suspicious bat boy. Someone had stolen Big D’s lucky bat!

Without his luck bat, Big D couldn’t hit a thing. We were really bummed out. It looked like Boston was going to lose the game.

So we decided to do some investigating. And we found a way to get out of a sticky situation. (If you read the book, you’ll know what I mean!). Anyway, I can’t tell you exactly what happens, but at the end of our trip, Kate and I get to do something REALLY cool at Fenway.