Home Run Day - Johnny Bench

Today we’re slamming them out of the park and rounding the bases! We love to be outside and one of our favorite spring sports to play is baseball. Today we’re going to learn all about some of Oklahoma’s baseball players and do some fun activities.

Today’s theme is inspired by Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Johnny Bench. His hometown is Binger, Oklahoma. Bench played professional baseball in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. He is known as one of the greatest catchers of all time! Bench was also active off the field and used his platform to support great causes like the American Heart Association. Fun fact about Johnny Bench: he could hold SEVEN baseballs at one time in his right hand! You can learn more by reading Johnny Bench’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame biography.

Other Oklahomans played and coached the sport as well! Oklahoma Hall of Fame member Mickey Mantle played over 2,000 games for the Yankees. Allie Reynolds was one of the most successful pitchers of his time!

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Movie Time! Do you know what it means to be a rookie in sports? Well one of our favorite rookies Henry Rowengartner from Rookie of the Year! You can rent and stream it now on Amazon. You can also watch Goofy teach us how to play baseball.

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Storytime! One of our favorite books is Goodnight Baseball that you can listen to read aloud. Here is a fun resource for older kids about baseball.

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Arts & Crafts! For those rainy days when we can’t get out and play baseball, here’s a fun craft to make your own baseball. You can also make your own baseball bat out of cardboard.

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Make & Eat it! What’s better to satisfy your 7th inning stretch cravings than ice cream? Try this ice cream pie from Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman!

Listen to it! What would your walk up song be? Here’s a fun list of baseball songs for the whole family. And there’s this classic of course!

Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope that you have a fun time at home learning about baseball and you get out and play today! As always, there’s more to this Oklahoma story, come back tomorrow and we’ll have more for you to explore! Please post pictures of your Home Run Day and share them with us: #ohofathome

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