It's Outta Here!

The Might and Majesty of the Home Run

From the Series Spectacular Sports

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

It’s outta here!

In 1921, New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth smashed a home run that sailed 575 feet (175 m), the longest homer ever hit in a Major League Baseball game. Ruth’s home runs thrilled fans and revolutionized the game. One hundred years later, the home run is still the most exciting play in baseball.

Do you know:

  • Why it’s easier to hit home runs in some ballparks than others?
  • Why Reggie Jackson’s nickname is Mr. October?
  • Who Major League Baseball’s all-time home run leaders are?

Read about baseball’s greatest sluggers and the most incredible, jaw-dropping home runs in the sport. Find out how home runs went from afterthoughts in baseball’s early years to awesome, game-changing moments that fans can’t stop talking about. The walk-offs, moon shots, and record breakers are all here in thrilling detail.

“Holy cow! It is high; it is far; it is gone! A game winner.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Sports
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2021-04-06
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF054010, JNF025170, JNF038000
Dewey 796.357/26
Dimensions 9 x 9
Lexile 970
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Starred Reviews, and Teaching Guides

Author: Matt Doeden

Matt Doeden began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent more than a decade writing and editing children's nonfiction. Matt lives in Minnesota with his family.

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  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2022


School Library Journal

“An easy sell for sports fans and reluctant readers, as well as an effective history resource . . .”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Holy cow! It is high; it is far; it is gone! A game winner.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews