Fred Bowen

Children's sports author and Washington Post/KidsPost sports columnist

*Great Summer Read, Family Fun Magazine.

*Finalist, Tennessee's Volunteer State Children's Choice Award.

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Library Talk:
The team's weakest player proves a strategic asset through his math and baseball history skills, and the Tigers pull together a winning season. Baseball fans, especially those who have some interest in the game's history, will enjoy this. Catherine M. Andronik

The Washington Post:
Bowen weaves female athletes into these "boys books" in an admirable way, and he presents a multiracial cast of characters. In The Kid Coach, he stands a stereotype on its head: The physically awkward character who saves the team with his brains is a black kid. But it is a measure of Bowen's single-minded devotion to baseball that one learns this last fact from the illustrations. Jim Naughton

Kid Coach

The Story

When the Tigers lose their coach, they decide to coach themselves. It is a fantasy that a lot of kids have, but these kids pull it off. They keep their own stats and come up with their own game plans. In a daring move, they try using the "Williams Shift" to stop a home-run hitter on a rival team. The shift worked against Red Sox slugger Ted Williams in the 1940s. But can it work for the Tigers. . . .

The History

Years ago, it was not unusual for the player of a major league team to also be the team's coach. One the most famous player-coaches was Lou Boudreau. In the 1940s, he was a shortstop and coach for the Cleveland Indians. Ted Williams was power hitter on the rival Red Sox and Boudreau came up with the "Williams Shift" to stop him