Sports – Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories

Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories
By Chris Williams
Publisher: Sunbury Press
Published: April 2020
ISBN: 9781620063835
ASIN: B087HCS2QF
Genre: Sports, Baseball
Formats Available For Review: pdf

Whoa! You mean there actually was a player that stole first base? Yes! Catch the story about the zany guy who pulled that off in Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories. Did you know that Hall-of-Famer Jackie Robinson was the star of a well-regarded Hollywood movie? The full story about #42’s successful stint in front of the camera is found in the pages of this book. Learn about the All-Star career of the man who Lou Gehrig displaced as Yankees first baseman, a major crisis Major League Baseball faced in 1969, and the statistical reasons why the term “The Mendoza Line” is inaccurate and unfair.

Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories also includes a heart-felt salute to the major leaguers who lost their lives in war, a new look at the reasons behind the Phillies’ historic late-season collapse in 1964, and an easy-to-understand essay that questions the importance of walks in a team’s offensive strategy. The exciting baseball of the 1980s is fondly remembered with a tip-of-the-hate to the decade’s high-achievers on terrible teams and there’s also a big dose of baby-boomer nostalgia centered on a trip to one of baseball’s historic ball parks.

And that’s not all! Stealing First and Other Old-Time Baseball Stories is loaded with intelligent and fun diamond stories that both stats wonks and the casual fan will enjoy.

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Sports Fiction – Running Out the Hurt

Running Out the HurtRunning out the Hurt
by Robert Joe Stout
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
ISBN: 978-1612961378
Published: September 2012
Pages: 272
Genre: Sports Fiction
Format Available For Review: print, ebook, pdf

Running away from his failures in trying to compete with professional baseball stars, fifteen-year-old Alejandro Lòpez winds up destitute in a seaside city in western Mexico. Although the runaway Cuban attempts to conceal his abilities on the diamond several members of a ragtag semi-pro team—the San Arturo Zancudos—drag him back into playing the sport he loves. An instant success, both on the field and with the town’s teenaged flirts he sparks the formerly last-place has-beens into a contender for the league championship.

“Baseball the way it should be played!” enthuses the team’s quirky left fielder as he and the oddball collection of ballplayers battle, lie, joke and celebrate both on and off the field. Their antics—and successes on the diamond—spark a contagious community following until Alejandro’s abilities attract the attention of Major League scouts and his illegal immigration status is revealed.

Alejandro is forced to choose between a professional contract to play in the United States and staying with the team. His decision and the responses of his teammates provide a dramatic climax to an entertaining and vivid look at baseball, at Mexico, and at how human relationships struggle and prosper.

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Women’s Fiction/Sports – Ivy Dreams

Ivy DreamsIvy Dreams
By Jill Eisnaugle
Publisher: LuLu
ISBN: 978-0578113531
Published: February 2013
Pages:
Genre: Sports, Baseball, Fiction, Women’s Fiction
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It is the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series at Chicago’s Historic Wrigley Field. With two on and two out and the Cubs trailing award-winning veteran pitcher, Leon Chapman and his Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs’ and their fans’ dreams of ending the ballclub’s century-plus old championship drought rests on the shoulders of a GIRL?

Will 42-year-old Kim Reedeaux become each Cub fan’s shining heroine or sinister villainess? Will her archenemy Leon Chapman take the lightning from the overcast October sky and steal the Cubs’ thunder or will he drown in tears of defeat as he watches his former team live their moment?

Follow the twists and turns, hardships and triumphs that have led the Cubs’ ponytail-wearing shortstop to the opportunity of a lifetime!

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Contemporary Historical Fiction – The Cobb Legacy

The Cobb Legacy
J. Conrad Guest
Publisher: Pulse Publishing
Published: 2012
Pages: 324

Cagney Nowak is writing a novel around the 1905 shooting death of baseball legend Ty Cobb’s father, William, by his mother a week before Ty was called up by the Detroit Tigers. Although she was acquitted by an all-male jury on the grounds that the incident was accidental, the townspeople of Royston, Georgia, thought otherwise. Gossip had it that Amanda Cobb, at age thirty-three – and twenty years her husband’s junior – was having an affair and that William, having told her he was going out of town on business, returned to catch her with her lover. At her trial, the questions were never raised as to why she had locked her second story window on a hot August night, or why she’d shot twice – surely she knew, after firing the first barrel of her shotgun, at whom she was shooting? A boyhood friend of Ty’s was first on the scene that night, claiming years later that he knew that Amanda had had a lover with her that night, and that he even knew who it was…

When Cagney begins to relive the night of the shooting in his dreams, more than a century later and in the guise of Amanda Cobb, he is led to discover his father’s deepest secret. More than a mystery, The Cobb Legacy is the story of a man’s efforts to connect with his dying father, a World War II veteran suffering from what today is known as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and to come to terms with his obsession over the Cobb legacy as well as his own adulterous affair and impending divorce, while doubting that love with an old friend can be his.

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