Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team

by Audrey Vernick, Steven Salerno

The amazing true story of the Acerra family from New Jersey, whose 12 boys formed their own semi-professional baseball team in the 1930s. The team was the longest-running all-brother team in history and is honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547822853
  • ISBN-10: 0547822855
  • Pages: 40
  • Publication Date: 04/03/2012
  • Carton Quantity: 1
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About the Authors
  • About the Book

    The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the 1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseball team . . . with three on the bench! The Acerras were the longest-playing all-brother team in baseball history. They loved the game, but more important, they cared for and supported each other and stayed together as a team. Nothing life threw their way could stop them.

    Full of action, drama, and excitement, this never-before-told true story is vividly brought to life by Audrey Vernick’s expert storytelling and Steven Salerno’s stunning vintage-style art.

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  • Reviews

    "I was lucky to play in the big leagues with my brother as a teammate and my dad as our manager. It was a very special time. The story of the Acerra brothers brought those memories back. It is a wonderful illustration of what a great game baseball is and how it brings families together on many different levels. Brothers at Bat is a story any baseball fan will enjoy and one that we all should know."--Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.

    "A captivating story, impeccable layout, and glorious illustrations make this historical account an unqualified winner." --New York Times Book Review

    "With a sense of humor, Audrey Vernick tells the true-life story of the 12 Acerra boys of Long Branch, NJ, who formed a team coached by their dad." --USA Today

    "A remarkable story." --Wall Street Journal

    "A lively story about family loyalty and love of the game, pulled from the sidelines of baseball history." --Publishers Weekly, *starred review*

    "A delight not to miss." --School Library Journal, *starred review*

    "[A] story of brotherly--and baseball--love." --Booklist, *starred review*

    "Vernick's wry and rousing narration is perfectly matched by Salerno's mixed-media pictures."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, *starred review*

    "Employing descriptive, conversational language in a matter-of-fact tone that doesn’t sentimentalize, Vernick tells of a remarkable family . . . Salerno’s lively drawings, rendered in black crayon, gouache, watercolor and pastel with digital color added, complement the action, striking a balance between detail and expansiveness.A family's love and devotion to each other and to the game of baseball, depicted lovingly." --Kirkus Reviews

    "This story of a real American family whose bond was the game is brought to vivid life through illustrations." --Horn Book Magazine

    "For those who love baseball, history and family stories, this book hits a home run."--Shelf Awareness, *starred review*

    "Striking black crayon, gouache and watercolor paintings enhanced with digital color provide a solid backup to the tightly written narrative. A very pleasing slice of American history." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

    A NewYork Times Notable Book for 2012

    A 2012 Booklist Editor's Choice