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The Batboy and the Unbreakable Record
The Batboy and the Unbreakable Record

The Batboy and the Unbreakable Record



162 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: November 2023

ISBN 9781951122706

Rights: WOR

Artemesia Publishing, LLC (Nov 2023)
Kinkajou Press


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A young boy lands a dream job for the Cincinnati Reds where he becomes witness to a baseball record that is unbreakable.

In 1938 12-year-old Richie Goodwin doesn't think life can get any worse. His highly competitive nature always makes it difficult for him to make friends and now he must get a job to help his struggling family. When Richie lands a dream job as batboy for the Cincinnati Reds, his troubles continue to brew when he must answer to a bossy senior batboy, obey strict rules, and convince the guys at school that he really did land the job. After carelessly disobeying a clubhouse rule, Richie gets fired and now his friends will think he is a liar and phony.

Given a second chance Richie must learn to follow the rules as he gets to witness Johnny Vander Meer set a baseball record that might be unbreakable.


"Robert Skead conveys compelling and credible detail in characters, dialogue and events while concisely capturing an accomplishment that baseball fans of all ages rightfully marvel over nine decades later." —William Weinbaum, ESPN Journalist

"It is a wonderful story of personal growth in adolescence."—Annie Mapes, LSW, Anti-Bullying Specialist

"It is heart-warming to see a story like this can be written for us today."—CF Payne, Illustrator and Cincinnati Reds fan

"Rob Skead conjures a delightful story, combining an historic moment in baseball with life lessons about bullying."—Greg Rhodes, Cincinnati Reds Team Historian

"The Bat Boy and the Unbreakable Record is a worthy addition to the baseball libraries of fans of all ages."—Chris Eckes, Chief Curator, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum

Author Biography

Robert Skead is the author of several popular children’s books that cover history and sports. When he is not at work or crafting stories, Robert can often be found at schools speaking with children and adults about creative writing and the importance of discovering one’s talents for a fulfilled life. Through these author visits, Robert speaks to more than 5,000 students per year. For more information about his school author visits and writing workshops, visit