Book: The Pitcher by William Elliott Hazelgrove
categories: Book, Young Adult, Immigration, Baseball, Sports, Pitching, Sports, Latino Fiction, Hispanic Fiction
William Elliott Hazelgrove about this book: The Pitcher is about a Mexican American boy with a golden arm who wants to make his high school team. A broken down World Series pitcher who lives across the street ends up coaching him when he cant find anyone else who will teach him to pitch. This actually came about when I was down in Florida and found out an old World Series pitcher lived across the street from my mother in law. The book wrote itself. When I came up with the title I was sure someone had taken it. I was amazed no one had. With poverty, his mothers illness, an abusive father against him, The Pitcher is really about when all you have is a dream. A Library Guild Selection the book crosses the line between Young Adult and Adult. The hardest part of writing The Pitcher was balancing a great baseball novel with a novel about the struggles of everyday people. My son was a pitcher so that is where I got most of my information on pitching. Like the character Ricky in the novel it took a lot of struggle to get this book published but after selling the movie rights I realized it was a book that might speak to a lot of people. Enjoy
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