Fred Bowen

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


*Reading Olympics 2013-2014 title in Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester Counties, PA

*Finalist, Virginia Young Readers Award 2002-2003.

*Finalist, Pennsylvania Young Readers Award 2002-2003

*Finalist, The Young Hoosier Award (Indiana) 2002-2003

*Finalist, The Land of Enchantment Award (New Mexico) 2002-2003.

*Finalist, Volunteer State Award (Tennessee) 2003-2004.

*Finalist, Maud Hart Lovelace Award (Minnesota) 2003-2004.

*Virginia Center for Children's Books' Best Books of the Classroom 2000 list.

*Reading Olympics 2001-2002 list in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Scholastic Reading Counts™ title
Accelerated Reader™

School Library Jouranl


Gr 3-7-A story with plenty of play-by-play action, a good plot, a valuable lesson, and some interesting baseball history....The story is told in an interesting, nondidactic manner that makes it a good baseball tale with a lesson in honesty. Bowen pitches a winner here.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI

Winners Take All

The Story


The Reds and the Cubs are battling for first place in the Rising Stars League. The Reds have got to win today's game to push ahead in the standings. Kyle, the Reds center fielder, wants to win so much that he secretly cheats — just a little — to clinch the game for his team. His teammates go wild with victory. His parents beam with pride. Suddenly Kyle feels uneasy. But what can he do? He can't turn back now.


The History


Playing fair is an important part of a baseball player's character. Christy Mathewson, one of the first players inducted into the Hall of Fame, is a good example. He was so honest that home-plate umpires would ask him to help make calls while he was playing his position in the field.



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