THE KID FROM DIAMOND STREET: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton
By Audrey Vernick, Illustrated by Steven Salerno; Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt; 2016
Picture Book, Juvenile Non-Fiction biography, Includes “A Note From the Author”
The Bobbies played male teams due to a lack of female teams. They traveled across the country playing games from Philadelphia to Seattle. After the Seattle games, they boarded to ship for Japan, where they toured and played Japanese
men’s teams for two months. Japan, the country and culture were new experiences and adventures for Edith, as well as for her teammates. Edith continued to play for other professional women’s teams after she returned home from Japan.
Following her playing career, she became a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies. That, along with her other accomplishments gained her entry to the “Diamond Dreams” exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame. “The Kid” opened doors for girls
to play baseball and even try out for teams intended for older players.
Readers will gain insight to a relatively unknown baseball legend and find out how “The Kid” learns to cope with new adventures and build relationships with older teammates.