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[Detail] A. A. Mattern/John Kling. Hassan Triple Folders, 1912.

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Kennedy, 1887

Kennedy, 1887,
Buchner Gold Coin

By creating a play about a baseball game, students can practice considering things from multiple perspectives and writing from different points-of-view.How would a 12-year-old boy react to a home run by his favorite player? What would the manager of the opposing team say? What is the hitter thinking about?

Students can search the collection on position name - pitcher, catcher, etc. - or on manager. The baseball players they find on the cards can become the characters in their story. Is the pitcher a young player? Is he trying to prove himself to his team mates? Or is he older and seeing his baseball career come to an end? Students can portray these issues in their plays.