Elbert the Mind Reader by Barbara Rinkoff, 1st Scholastic paperback printing, TX1276, 1968, 112pages. Illustrated by Paul Galdone.
DESCRIPTION: “Poor Elbert! He can’t convince Coach that the football team needs him…
Until he discovers he has a strange power: Elbert can hear other peoples’ thoughts! He can even hear the other teams plans before each play.
‘Oh boy!’ thinks Elbert. ‘Wait till the next game. Will Coach be surprised!’
But Elbert doesn’t know how tricky his strange new power can be…” (from the back cover)