"When the Crowd Didn't Roar" is the first comprehensive account of the most unique Major League baseball game ever played, the crowdless game on April 29, 2015, between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox, as well as the tragic death of Freddie Gray while in police custody that led up to it and the therapeutic effect the game had on a troubled city"--
Thirteen-year-old Cody Parker moves to Baltimore, Maryland, where as a fat eighth-grader, he has to deal with brutal teasing from a baseball teammate, and his school is beset by a rash of mysterious thefts that threaten to sideline Cody and ruin a golden season for his team.
Connor Sullivan, All-Star third baseman on his Babe Ruth League team, has a terrible temper and problems at home, but when the sports editor of the school paper threatens to publish an embarrassing story about his tantrus, Connor must make a change.
Cody Parker is the new kid in school. He's overweight, he's scared, and he hates his new life in Dullsville, Maryland, aka Baltimore, where he's a target - okay, a big target - for brutal teasing. But he loves baseball. And despite his size, he plays third base like a dream. Too bad he's competing for the starting job on the Orioles of the Dulaney Babe Ruth League against budding hoodlum Dante Rizzo, who vows to squeeze Cody's head like a grape if...