That wasn’t all.
Judge quickly proved he was more than just a one-dimensional slugger. Not only was he leading the American League in home runs, batting average, and runs batted in during his early-season splurge, he was also proving himself an outstanding outfielder with great range, a rifle arm, and, despite his great size, even showed the ability to steal bases. He looked to be the total package.
He captured the imagination of the league as the leading vote getter in the midseason All-Star Game; Judge also participated in the Home Run Derby and electrified the crowd by hitting 47 homers, including 23 in the first round, to win the competition. His longest home run traveled some 513 feet and several more shots hit the stadium’s roof. He was the player people were coming out to see and his jersey was the number one seller in all of baseball.
Though his production slowed somewhat after the All-Star Break, he was still having one of the great rookie seasons in many years. Playing for the storied New York Yankees he has begun evoking memories of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle, the team's lineage of all-time greats. So it should be no surprise when you hear the call all around baseball—ALL RISE, HERE COMES AARON JUDGE.
Bill Gutman is the author of more than 200 books in a 45-year writing career. He has written both for children and adults, and has authored many baseball books including biographies and profiles of the game’s top stars, past and present.
Simone Biles’ entrance into the world of gymnastics may have started on a daycare field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but her God-given talent, passion, and perseverance have made her one of the top gymnasts in the world, as well as a four-time winner of Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.
But there is more to Simone than the nineteen medals—fourteen of them gold—and the Olympic successes. Through years of hard work and determination, she has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positive, while having fun competing at the highest level and doing what she loves. Here, in her own words, Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team.
Along the way, Simone shares the details of her inspiring personal story—one filled with the kinds of daily acts of courage that led her, and can lead you, to even the most unlikely of dreams.
As a kid, Rashad Jennings dreamed of one day playing in the NFL, but the odds were stacked against him—he was an overweight kid with glasses, asthma, and a 0.6 GPA. Today, Rashad is a record-setting running back who has played with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Oakland Raiders, and the New York Giants.
In The IF in Life, Rashad writes about the decisions that shaped his life. From overcoming injuries and setbacks to reaching goals and everything in between, Rashad’s transparency about his journey will encourage readers to hold on to faith in the midst of uncertainty and win big in life.
Perfect for football fans of all ages, this book also features photos from Rashad’s childhood, college years, and professional career.