|Dimensions||6.5 x 9.25|
|Features||full-color photos, chronology, glossary, further reading, works consulted, index|
|Interest Level||Intermediate, Primary|
|Series||A Blue Banner Biography - Sports Stars|
|Subject||Biography & Autobiography , General, Juvenile Nonfiction|
As a Little Leaguer in San Diego, Cole Hamels was fascinated with pitching. When Cole s high school coach taught him how to throw a changeup, Major League scouts flocked to see him strike out batters by the dozens. But injuries put Cole s pitching dreams on hold several times. His high school doctor once told him he d never pitch again.
Cole s hard work and stubbornness kept his pitching dream alive. Now his changeup is one of Major League Baseball s most unhittable pitches. In 2008, he was named MVP of both the National League Championship Series and the World Series. He led the Phillies to their first World Series victory in 28 years. After just three seasons in the majors, baseball fans and analysts were predicting Cy Young awards in Cole s future. Find out why fans agree: The Phillies red-hot lefty is just warming up.