Lipman Pike: America’s First Home Run King
By Richard Michelson; illustrated by Zachary Pullen
Sleeping Bear Press, Feb. 2011, $16.95
Emanuel Pike, Lip’s father, did in fact encourage his sons to assimilate (via baseball), “while still retaining pride in their Jewish identity,” according to Michelson. Waving that bat in the air on page 26 and 27, Lip looks like he’s not only watching the ball fly through the heavens, but is also focusing on the negative space surrounding the ball. Perhaps at that moment he was even uttering a silent prayer.
All images courtesy of Sleeping Bear Press.Menachem Wecker
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