“Just as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America’s Game.” By Chris Crowe, illustrated by Mike Benny, c.2012, Candlewick Press$16.99/$19 Canada, 32 pages.
Everybody loves being first.
You know how great it is to be the kid at the head of the line. You like being first to speak up, first to finish your assignments, and it’s even fun to be the first kid on the playground or ball field because you get first choice for the equipment.
But not everybody can be first. Somebody has to be second and, as you’ll see in the new book “Just as Good” by Chris Crowe, illustrated by Mike Benny, coming next in line can be pretty awesome, too.
Homer and his Daddy loved the Cleveland Indians baseball team.
It was 1947, and they knew that baseball season was going to be great because Larry Doby joined the team that year. Doby wasn’t the first Negro pro ball player — Jackie Robinson was first overall — but Doby was the first in the American League and to Homer, that was miracle enough.