Title: Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud that Changed Baseball
By: David A. Kelly
Publisher: Millbrook Pr Trade
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Book Excerpt: (From Amazon)
Lena Blackburne loved baseball. He watched it, he played it, he coached it. But he didn’t love the ways players broke in new baseballs. Tired of soggy, blackened, stinky baseballs, he found a better way. Thanks to a well-timed fishing trip and a top-secret mud recipe, Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud was born. For seventy-five years, baseball teams have used Lena’s magic mud to prepare baseballs before every game. Read the story of how Lena’s mud went from a riverbank to the major leagues and all the way to the Hall of Fame.
David A. Kelly is an established children’s book author, travel writer, and technology analyst.
He’s the author of the Ballpark Mysteries series from Random House, in which cousins Kate and Mike solve mysteries at different major league ballparks, and the upcoming Most Valuable Players (MVP) series from Random House as well, in which a group of elementary school kids have adventures playing different sports. He is also the author of the early reader, Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse and the picture book Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud that Changed Baseball.
He has written about travel and technology for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Sun Times, and many other publications.
David A. Kelly lives in Newton, MA, with his wife and two sons.
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