Miracle Mud

Miracle Mud

Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball

Book - 2013
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Lena Blackburne loved baseball. He watched it, played it, he coached it. But he didn't love the ways players broke in new baseballs. Tired of soggy, blackened, stinky baseballs, he found a better way. Thanks to a well-timed fishing trip and a top-secret mud recipe, Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud was born. For seventy-five years, baseball teams have used Lena's magic mud to prepare baseballs before every game.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Millbrook Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9780761380924
Branch Call Number: BLACKBURNE J B
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Dominguez, Oliver - Illustrator


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This is a great, true baseball story to be shared with anyone who loves the sport, especially those in the K-5 range. Lena Blackburne wasn't the greatest Major League player, but he did contribute to the game in a way that may surprise you. He discovered mud! Not just any mud. A mud that was perfect for rubbing new baseballs to take away the shine and slickness so they were easier to see, throw, and hit far. His mud even made it to the Baseball Hall of Fame and is still used today! Couple it with "Mudball" by Matt Tavares and you'll be inspired and ready for the ballpark!

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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David A. Kelly. Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez. Millbrook Press “What’s the secret to the perfect baseball? You just need a little mud…”


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