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May 25 Birthday: Lipman Pike
Lipman Pike, baseball player
May 25, 1845 – October 10, 1893
LIPMAN PIKE: AMERICA’S FIRST HOME RUN KING (Sleeping Bear Press, 2011) by Richard Michelson. Illustrated by Zachary Pullen
From Publishers Weekly:
and Pullen recreate a slice of immigrant life in mid–19th-century
Brooklyn in their story of Jewish baseball player Lipman Pike, one of
the first “professional” athletes. The son of a Dutch haberdasher, Pike
discovered an early knack for playing ball, and, despite ethnic
discrimination, he was invited (by Boss Tweed) to play for the New York
Mutuals before joining the Troy Haymakers, a professional league.
Pullen’s expressive paintings feature lots of mid-action moments and
exaggerated angles, and are populated by characters with facial
expressions that feel like affectionate caricatures. Readers should gain
a vivid picture of Pike and the fledging days of baseball.