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Phil Bildner

Phil Bildner is the author of the New York Times bestselling Sluggers! series, the Texas Bluebonnet Award-winning Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy and its companion, The Shot Heard 'Round the World, both illustrated by C. F. Payne; and Twenty-One Elephants, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. His latest picture book is Turkey Bowl, illustrated by C.F Payne. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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February 18, 2009

1. In college, I batted against Curt Schilling and Pete Harnisch, both prospects at the time in the Orioles organization. Needless to say, I didn’t do too well and was scared out of my mind. 2. In grade school, I took tennis lessons after school. Martina Navratilova and Dr Renee Richards practiced on the next court. 3. I have an NCAA Lacrosse Championship ring for Johns Hopkins University. In 1987, I was co-manager of the team. 4. In middle school/junior high, I used to do interviews with athletes for the school paper. I met Ron Darling in the Mets front office, Bob Bourne (Ken Morrow, John Tonelli, and Butch Goering) in the New York Islanders... see more

February 12, 2009

2009 is all about change! I want to make sure everybody knows about the exciting new changes that are happening in February with the chapter book series I've created with Loren Long. Well, our series Barnstormers is no longer going to be called Barnstormers. It's going to be Sluggers! So why change the title of a successful series in the middle of the series? Loren and I really liked the historical aspect of the term, Barnstormers. After all, our characters -- Griffith, Ruby, Graham and the Travelin’ Nine baseball team are -- in fact “barnstorming” as they travel around the country playing baseball. But we have learned that the title... see more

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