Summer of 1869 - the bustling riverfront city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Steamboats churn the Ohio River as the nation's ever-expanding economy thrives in the wake of the Civil War. Two 16-year-olds, Charlie Martin and his best friend Luther Robinson, love "base ball" and follow the exploits of America's first professional base ball team - the undefeated Cincinnati Red Stockings and their 51-game winning streak.An untimely death and a ruthless shipping magnate end Charlie and Luther's dream for a Greater Cincinnati Youth Club ball field and grandstand. Charlie and Luther dig in and square off against one of Cincinnati's most powerful men, risking their honor, friendships and freedom to right a grievous wrong. I Love Baseball is the first in a series of adventure-mysteries set against America's original national pastime. So "Batter Up!" and let the games begin!