Rafael Palmeiro : At Home With The Baltimore Orioles
Rafael Palmeiro : At Home with the Baltimore Orioles
Sports biography of Rafael Palmeiro, first baseman for the Baltimore Orioles.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6AAlthough this book is ostensibly about the Baltimore Orioles' first baseman, the first third of the text is devoted to a history of Cuban baseball and the Orioles franchise. While the background on Cuban-born ballplayers is interesting (at least to someone who grew up in the '50s and '60s and remembers such colorful performers as Minnie Minoso and Camilo Pascual), the chapter on the history of baseball in Baltimore is somewhat less so, and it is likely that by the time Brandt actually settles down to deal with his subject, he will have lost most of his audience. The biographical information on Palmeiro could be considered pretty standard fare once one accepts the fact that prolonged discussions of contract negotiations are now de rigueur in juvenile sports biographies. Average-quality black-and-white photos appear throughout. The Palmeiro family's dealings with the Castro government will be of interest to those concerned with the Cuban ?migr? situation, but most libraries will find this "authorized biography" a marginal purchase.ARichard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT