Cody Parker may be overweight (he prefers the word burly), but he plays third base like a dream. Too bad no one knows it yet, because he’s new to Baltimore, where he’s a target—okay, a big target—for brutal teasing. Even worse, he’s competing for the starting job on the Orioles of the Dulaney Babe Ruth League against budding hoodlum.
Dante Rizzo, who vows to squeeze Cody’s head like a grape if Cody beats him out. Life gets even more complicated when York Middle School is beset by a rash of mysterious thefts, a crime wave that threatens to sideline Cody—and ruin a golden season for the Orioles. Will Cody ever succeed in getting people to see him for who he really is?
“Ripkin and Cowherd have created a definite winner for anyone with the slightest interest in baseball, sports in general, those adjusting to a new city or school, being overweight in middle school, or just wanting to be entertained by a good story.”—School Library Journal, starred review
About Stephen Hoye
Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for over 30 years. Trained at Boston University and The Guildhall in London, he has done six feature films, several television series, both drama and comedy, and appeared in London’s West End on five occasions. Stephen’s work in audio include the unabridged recordings of The Illustrious Dead by Stephan Talty and The Third Rail and The Fifth Rail by Michael Harvey.
Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All-Stars: Super-Sized Slugger by Cal Ripken, Jr. and Kevin Cowherd