Satch and Me (Baseball Card Adventure Series)

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"You wanna know who threw the fastest pitch ever?"

Many baseball players claim that Satchel Paige was the fastest pitcher in the history of the game. Stosh and his coach, Flip Valentini, are on a mission to find out. With radar gun in tow, they travel back to 1942 and watch Satch pitch to power hitter Josh Gibson in the Negro League World Series. They soon learn that everything about Satch is fast — whether it's his talking, driving, or getaways. But is he really the fastest pitcher who ever lived?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781436160964
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 04/20/2010
Series: Baseball Card Adventure Series
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dan Gutman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Genius Files series; the Baseball Card Adventure series, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world; and the My Weird School series, which has sold more than 12 million copies. Thanks to his many fans who voted in their classrooms, Dan has received nineteen state book awards and ninety-two state book award nominations. He lives in New York City with his wife, Nina. You can visit him online at

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Satch & Me

By Dan Gutman

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Dan Gutman
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060594926

Chapter One

Run on Anything

"This guy ain't so fast, stosh," my coach, flip Valentini, hollered. "He can't pitch his way out of a paper bag."

We were at Dunn Field playing the Exterminators, probably the weirdest team in the Louisville Little League. Most of the teams in our league are sponsored by doctors, hardware stores, or banks. Normal businesses, you know? But these guys are sponsored by an exterminator. Whoever heard of a Little League team sponsored by a company that kills bugs?

On the front of their uniforms, the Exterminators have their logo (a squashed ant) and on the back they have their phone number (1-800-GOT-BUGS). It looks really stupid. They even have their own cheer, which they insist on rapping along with a drum machine before they take the field. It goes like this . . .

Stomp 'em! Spray 'em!

That's the way we play 'em!

We send the pests back to their nests!

When we turn the lights on,

It's lights out for YOUUUUUUUU!

Man, I'd be embarrassed if I had to play on that team.

The Exterminators even have a mascot. Before each game, some little kid dressed up like a roach runs out on the field. They call him Buggy. The whole team chases Buggy around the infield. When they catch him, they pretend to beat the crap out of him. Or at least it looks like they're pretending. The mascot is probably the little brother of one of the kids on the team.

It's all very entertaining, and the moms and dads in the bleachers get a big kick out of it. I must admit, even I get a kick out of it.

The thing about the Exterminators, though, is that these guys can flat out play. Usually when a team has a dumb gimmick, that's all they have. They can't hit, can't pitch, can't run, and they can't field. They put on a show because they're no good. But the Exterminators won the Louisville Little League championship last season, and they really know the fundamentals of baseball. They always throw to the right base. They always hit the cutoff man. Their coach must know what he's talking about.

But we're pretty good too. Our team, Flip's Fan Club, is sponsored by a local baseball card shop that's owned by our coach, Flip Valentini. Sponsors don't usually get involved with the team, other than paying for the uniforms and bats and stuff. But to Flip, owning our team is like owning the Yankees. He lives and breathes for us. He's our owner, manager, third base coach, and even our chauffeur if our moms are late or their cars break down.

Our team doesn't do any silly rap songs. But we can play solid baseball, because Flip taught us everything he knows. And believe me, Flip Valentini has forgotten more about baseball than most people ever learn.

Our problem is that the Exterminators have this one kid named Kyle who we nicknamed Mutant Man. Kyle must be some kind of genetic freak. He's only thirteen, like most of us, but he's six feet tall and he's got these long arms. Mutant arms. His arms are so long, it's like he's a different species or something.

Mutant Man doesn't bother with a curveball. He doesn't have a changeup or any other kind of trick pitches. All he's got is his fastball. But he just lets loose and brings it with every pitch. He's a lefty, and when Kyle lets go of the ball, watch out. With those arms, you feel like he's releasing the ball right in front of your face.

It's especially hard for a left-handed batter like me, because the pitch seems like it's coming at you from the first base dugout. Scary. It's almost impossible to stay in the batter's box because the ball looks like it's going to take your head off. Then, while you're bailing out, it shoots across the plate, and the next thing you know the ump is yelling, "Strike three!"

One dominating pitcher can take a team a long way. Kyle the Mutant Man has struck me out a whole bunch of times. He's struck us all out a bunch of times. In fact, we've never beaten the guy. Once, he struck out fifteen of us in six innings. That's just about impossible.

But this time, we had Mutant Man in trouble. It was the bottom of the sixth inning, which is the last inning in our league. The Mutant was shutting us out as usual, but our pitcher, Jason Shounick, had pitched a pretty good game too. He had given up only two runs.

Blake Butler grounded out to second base to start the inning. Tanner Havens fouled off a bunch of pitches, and he finally worked out a walk. I was up, and I represented the tying run.

In case you're not a big baseball fan, when you "represent the tying run," it means that if you can find a way to score, the game will be tied. A homer would be the quickest, simplest way to do it.

But I wasn't even thinking about hitting a homer. No way I was going to take Kyle the Mutant over the wall. I just wanted to get the bat on the ball. If I could push it past one of the infielders and get on base, one of our other guys might be able to drive me and Tanner in. That's all I hoped for. Make something happen. Just make contact.

As I stepped into the batter's box, I was giving myself advice. "Don't bail out," I said. "Don't bail out. Even if it looks like it's going to hit you, stay in there."

I decided not to swing at the first pitch no matter how good it looked. If I could just stay in the batter's box without stepping backward, it would be a small victory.


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Satch and Me 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you were allowed to write ten stars, I would! One of the greatest books I ever read. READ IT!
Booksoldier More than 1 year ago
This book is a 100 mph fastball, right down the middle! Satchel Paige, an awesome Negro league pitcher, is featured in here. Satch was born in the south, and he grew up to be a star in baseball! He is one of the greatest pitchers of all time, nut he never played in the major league because of his skin color! If you like baseball, you will LOVE this book! Ecspecially if you like baseball history!!!!!! Dan Gutman hit a home-run with this book! I DEMAND you to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Official-Reader More than 1 year ago
Okay. First, not only does Stosh meet Satchel Paige, but he gets Flip Valentini into the baseball hall of fame. Stosh also meets a girl named-oops, if you want to know, you'll have to buy the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the baseball card adventure series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dan Gutman Satch and me was great you have the best writing skills ever you are my favorite auther please write more books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gr8 book read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You gotta read this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i like it yay
Neil Sherman More than 1 year ago
It was great. For anyone that likes baseball. My four children loved it. And my wife loved reading it to them. You will love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
satch and me was a good book if you have not raed it then you should it is about a kid who can go back in time of his baseball card
Guest More than 1 year ago
Satch and Me, by Dan Gutman, Historical Sports Fiction This book is about a kid who can travel through time with baseball cards so he and his baseball coach take a trip back in time to see if Satchel Paige was the fastest pitcher to ever throw. I really liked it because I got to learn about baseball history and it made me see how much different the past is than my life today. I liked how there was a lot of action when they were driving to Pittsburg. I like how it ended with a drop off, and you kind of had to make up your ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is in my top 20 for sure!!! Joe the kid in the book wants to know who was the fastest pitcher so he goes back in time with his baseball coach, but they almost get stuck in the 1900's. It is a page turning adventure because I finished it in 2 days.
gwenn2ns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I rate this a 4 out of 5 because it had action and it was funny but i think it deserves a 4 because it wasnt amazing to make it a 5 i think he should make it more suprising.
shannonkearns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stosh goes back in time to see if Satchel Paige is really the fastest pitcher of all time. Another great book!
JaHop11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series is very good and Dan Gutman is a beast. His writing talks to us. It had so much going on I couldn't stop reading it.
relientkatie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thirteen-year-old Joe Stoshack (aka "Stosh") is a baseball fan and a time traveler. To clock the fastest pitch of all time, he and his elderly little league coach, Flip, travel back to 1942 to see Satchel Paige at the Negro League World Series. There they experience racial injustices, get involved with a beautiful waitress and her crazy father, and witness some of the greatest moments in baseball history. Even though I'm a baseball fan, I don't think I would have picked up this book if it wasn't on the list for Battle of the Books. I'm glad it was, because it was really good. It was fun and interesting, and I liked the way it addressed the big issue of segregation. It seems like it would naturally inspire kids to learn more about the Negro Leagues. There were a few plot holes, but they weren't really all that important. I'd recommend this book for kids ages 8-12, especially sports fans. It would also be a good choice for a reluctant reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book
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I love this book.
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Really good book
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I kind of liked it ,but it sucked.... this boring book made me go to sleep
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