Game-Day Goddess

Learning Baseball's Lingo

Non-Fiction - Sports
84 Pages
Reviewed on 07/30/2012
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Author Biography

Suzy Beamer Bohnert played sports during her youth, participating in leagues, playing in gyms, and gathering the neighborhood kids to join in pickup games until the streetlights were too dim to light the sporting site.

She launched her writing career as a newspaper sports editor. During that job, Suzy interviewed numerous coaches, athletes, and fans about sports, putting complicated games into simple words. Her books include Game-Day Goddess: Learning Baseball's Lingo; Game-Day Goddess: Learning Basketball's Lingo; Game-Day Goddess: Learning Football's Lingo; Game-Day Youth: Learning Baseball's Lingo; Game-Day Youth: Learning Basketball's Lingo; Game-Day Youth: Learning Football's Lingo; and the fiction children's book, Binkie Learns to Fly.

An author of many acclaimed books for readers, her award-winners include Game-Day Youth: Learning Baseball's Lingo, a Mom's Choice Award-winner for "Most Outstanding Nonfiction Children's Book"; Game-Day Youth: Learning Basketball's Lingo, named Best Books for Teen Boys by the New Hampshire Library Media Association; and the Game-Day Goddess Sports Series, 3-Volume Set, selected as Best Books for College Students by StudentAdvisor.com, a Washington Post Co. Game-Day Goddess: Learning Baseball's Lingo, Game-Day Youth: Learning Basketball's Lingo, and Game-Day Youth: Learning Baseball's Lingo were winners of the Readers' Favorite Five-Star Award.

The recipient of sixteen national awards for writing excellence, including the Hermes Creative, Ragan Communications, and MarCom Awards, she lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband, Randall, and son and daughter, where she helps coach her kids' basketball, softball, and soccer teams.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Former sports writer Suzy Beamer Bohnert is the author of "Game-Day Goddess: Learning Baseball’s Lingo". She has dedicated her book to her mother who taught her to play ball. What a wonderful tribute to her mother and what a wonderful legacy her mother has passed on to her! I grew up in a small rural town in Kentucky where Little League was the name of the game and was a boy’s only sport. I found it very difficult to enjoy watching a game that I just didn’t understand. I would take a book with me and sit on the bleachers and read. Bohnert must have been thinking about people like me when she wrote "Game Day Goddess: Learning Baseball’s Lingo". Bohnert manages to put into a short book what I did not pick up at the ball field. In her overview Bohnert shares a bit of background concerning the game and then moves on to the basics. From there she provides definitions of baseball terms. I found most of the terms and definitions unfamiliar. I never knew a baseball was also called an apple, or that a banana stick is an unsuitable bat. Whoever knew that a utility man is a “versatile player?”

What a grand idea for a book! Regardless of why you are watching a baseball game, be it Little League or Major League, in person or on TV, the game will be a lot more entertaining if you understand the action on the field. Bohnert makes the game simple and understandable. She takes the mystery out of the game and levels the playing field.