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Book: Forever We Play by David Belisle
It's America's pastime ... when your time is past. Baseball ... that diamond cut on emerald grass under turquoise skies ... is where heaven meets earth. Down home dialogue breezes through dugout chatter and buzzing fans to find the sunny disposition in all of us. Baseball is the true escape, taking one's soul to a better time in a better place, where life is but a game and a loss is still a win [...]
 
Book: Projecting X 2.0 - How to Forecast Baseball Player Performance by Mike Podhorzer
*The eagerly anticipated follow up to the groundbreaking first version of Projecting X!* In Projecting X 2.0: How to Forecast Baseball Player Performance, FanGraphs expert Mike Podhorzer takes you on a journey through the process of projecting baseball player performance. As he walks you through an assortment of both basic and advanced metrics, citing various pieces of relevant research along the [...]
 
Book: A Pitch for Justice by Harold Kasselman
Have you ever watched a baseball game where tempers escalated and you feared that retaliation by one side could result in an incident with serious injury? What would happen if a player were critically injured in such a circumstance? What if the unthinkable occured and the player died? Is it just a tragic part of the game? Or could it actually be murder? Veteran prosecutor Jaime Brooks reluctantly [...]
 
Book: The Miracle Boston Braves of 1914 - The Miracle That Was Impossible by Mark A. Leiter
This story is the truly inspiring baseball saga of a team made to believe in itself by an inspiring Manager, one George Stallings. In last place in the National League in mid-July, 1914, the team caught fire, after humiliation in an exhibition game in Buffalo, New York, and went on a tear, climbing to 1st place in September. Then the team completed the Miracle by beating the "unbeatable" [...]
 
Book: From Beer to Beards - Boston Baseball's 2011 to 2013 Roller Coaster Ride by Carl H. Johnson
Follow the Boston Red Sox on the roller coaster ride that began with the team at or near the top of their division for most of the 2011 season before crashing and burning in September, went through the debacle that was the 2012 season, and ended with an unlikely mix of a few veteran and young players and some older retreads donning beards and claiming the World Series Championship in 2013 under [...]
 
Book: I Bleed Cubbie Blue - My Six Decades as a Cubs Fan by Doug Erlandson
Experience It for Yourself. 60 Years of Cubs Love. A Meticulously Researched Memoir You are about to enter the world of a lifelong Cubs fan. Combining personal memories and reflections with meticulous research, native Chicagoan Doug Erlandson describes his affection for a team that has raised but ultimately crushed his hopes countless times, a team to which he remains intensely loyal after nearly [...]
 
Book: Nothing Down by Mike Reuther
He's a nobody from nowhere with modest talents. No way should he be pitching in the Major Leagues. But Homer Newbody, against all odds, does reach the Major Leagues, and makes the most of it, throwing no-hitters in his first two starts for the New York Yankees. The rookie sensation is on his way. Or is he? Announcing to the world he would be willing to play for nothing soon gets him on the wrong [...]
 
Book: He's My Brother by Debbie Roppolo
The diagnosis of autism devastates every member of a family, sometimes impacting siblings the hardest. Twelve year-old Jonathan Roper is no exception. Forced to move away from everything that he's familiar so that his younger brother Cameron can get better services, Jonathan feels alone and forgotten. Can he overcome his feelings of resentment and sadness, or will Cameron's autism drive a wedge [...]
 
Book: Kings & Queens by Courtney Vail
Seventeen-year-old Majesty Alistair wants police to look further into her father's fatal car wreck, hopes the baseball team she manages can reclaim the state crown, aches for Derek...or, no...maybe Alec...maybe. And she mostly wishes to retract the hateful words she said to her dad right before slamming the door in his face, only to never see him again. All her desires get sidelined, though, when [...]
 
Book: Gil by Darin Gibby
Some gifts come with a price. Twenty years before, high school coach Gil Gilbert gave up his dream to play professional baseball so he could marry his pregnant girlfriend, Keri. When he miraculously discovers that he can pitch with deadly accuracy and speed, he must choose between his successful career and comfortable family life or his chance to play with the Colorado Rockies during a player's [...]
 
Book: People and Things That Went Before by Leonard Stegmann
We are told we shouldn't live in the past, but surely there's no harm in the occasional visit? In this nostalgic collection, Leonard Stegmann remembers those delicious school lunches, his first cuss word, what he should have told those nuns and his grandma's incomprehensible inability to see the nearly-unlimited humor potential in a slice of rubber cheese. A warm, funny and sometimes sad look [...]
 
Book: Trolley Dodgers, Pinstriped Yankees, and Wearing Red Sox by Jon Lindenblatt
The first thing a child learns about a baseball team is its name. This book celebrates America's national pastime by helping children of all ages discover fun facts about Major League Baseball teams. Learn about their names, mascots, origins, and the cities they call home. Through the illustrations and details on each page, young sports fans will finally get the answer to the first question they [...]
 
Book: The Fat Lady's Low, Sad Song by Brian Kaufman
Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018 2019 Maxy Book Awards - Best Literary Courtney Morgan is a female knuckle-ball pitcher trying to break into professional baseball. Parker Westfall is an aging slugger with one last chance at the ultimate carrot a spot on a major-league roster. She's gorgeous, and he's having the season of his life. Together, they'll try to change a losing team's [...]
 
Book: Taylor Made Owens by R.D. Power
*** "You have a great turn of phrase. It was a pleasure to work on it." Anna Genoese, highly recommended editor (Preditors and Editors) What would happen to a child of great potential who suddenly loses everyone he loves and has no relatives to take him in? With no one to love him, no one to protect him, no one to guide him and no one to ease the pain, what would become of him? Taylor Made Owens [...]
 
Book: Return to Dead City by Mike Reuther
What would you do if you were a detective trying to solve a case that everyone wants left unsolved? What if your decision to pursue that case puts your life in danger? Only the drug pushers and scoundrels appear to thrive in Centre Town, Pa., home to the Class A baseball team Mets and childhood home of Cozzy Crager, the world-weary protagonist of "Return to Dead City." Crager and Centre Town are [...]
 
Book: A Year on Planet Mercury by Leonard Stegmann
Leonard Stegmann's largest collection of humor essays, quizzes and nostalgia explores such topics such as what it's like to boo a wheelchair-bound sports legend, cooking fried liverwurst, discovering udder cream and why geese are truly nature's most hideous creation. This book is packed with pages and pages of Leonard's dubious wisdom and questionable insight, and certainly contains more of his [...]
 
Book: Scattering the Ashes by Dr. Paul Russell Semendinger
Sam Holmes is a young, enthusiastic school teacher living an uneventful, albeit pleasant life - even if he won't admit to himself how lonely he is. Dedicated to teaching, and inspired by the kids passing through his 8th grade history class, Sam is energized by the end of the school year. Now he has the time to dedicate himself fully to training for the historic New York City Marathon - his first. [...]
 
Book: Weatherhead by J.M. Hushour
Nine months after his wife's death, a man is abducted from his house by a band of violent thieves and taken to a nightmarish city called Weatherhead. There he falls under the dark attentions of the cruel, despotic ruler of the city: the wife he thought dead. This a love story between a person still living and a person still dead. It is also a hate story between the same, a violent story populated [...]
 
Book: Marco and I Want To Play Ball - a true story of inclusion and self-determination by Jo Meserve Mach
In a true story of inclusion, Isiah and Marco share their love of baseball. Who's going to hit the ball farther? Who's going to hit the ball higher? Whose ball will hit the barn? Cousins like to tease and play, when Grandpa is pitching. Finding My Way Books honor children with special needs or disabilities by sharing their stories. Each book includes a classroom activity list and a Family Guide [...]
 
Book: A Prize for All Saints (John Maletesta) by Don Santina
John Maletesta hit .437 in his senior year, pulling down fly balls like DiMaggio. That was before his left arm was hacked off in World War II. The embittered vet is now riding shotgun for an ambitious expedition of anthropologists navigating upriver through the Borneo jungle toward mountain caves. They are obsessed with finding "Borneo Man," the fossils of the earliest species of homo sapiens. [...]
 
Book: A Perfect Throw by Robert Joe Stout
From the machismo of Mexican ballplayers, to a portrait of marriage, to an 1880s mining town, Mr. Stout convincingly exposes the human comedy, portraying tenderness and treachery, loyalty and betrayal, love and loss the full range of difficult emotions that proves there is no such thing as an ordinary life. He frankly and poignantly balances the quotidian with the ironic twists that define the [...]
 
Book: It's Okay to Lie - If Your Fingers Are Crossed by Jack Flynn
IT'S OKAY TO LIE IF YOUR FINGERS ARE CROSSED TIME: August, 1950. PLACE: A suburb north of Fenway Park This title, "It's Okay to Lie if Your Fingers are Crossed," is based on a ritual kids perpetrated in the forties and fifties, which exempted them from the LIAR label, providing they crossed their fingers behind them, unbeknownst to the person or persons to whom they were lying. The hero of the [...]
 
Book: The Protector - Kingdom of Heaven by Greg Sandora
"The Protector" is a stand alone Supernatural Romance Thriller. Readers are introduced to Bo, as he tries out for a spot on the Boston Red Sox roster. He reencounters a woman named Gabby who is far more than she appears. An adventure which combines an inspirational message of hope for the grieving, downtrodden, and hurting with the down-and-dirty warfare conducted by warriors of the Almighty. [...]
 
Book: A Matter of Courage (Sapphire Book 1) by Wendy Holley
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to face it. When performance-enhancing drugs turn Irene Brennan's famous husband into a monster, her worst fears come true. Forced to flee the comforts of her lifestyle and hide in a small town in Montana, Irene must rebuild her life while staying undercover. As a game warden, Trent Daniels' life is devoted to protecting the defenseless from [...]
 
Book: Return to Tobacco Road by Charlie Fiveash
Investment banker Will Jordan has decided to leave his life in Boston to purchase his family's tobacco farm in rural North Carolina, but a secret from past generations may prevent him from starting a new career back in his home state. As he seeks to uncover childhood memories left behind in North Carolina, Will discovers skeletons in his own past that could lead him down a road of destruction.
 
Book: Memories From the Land of The Intolerant Tyrant by Gus Venegas
This book which details truthful events during the Cuban revolution and life under Castro. The Venegas family witnessed the transformation of the Cuban Revolution into the Western Hemisphere's most oppressive political, economic and cultural dictatorship. For all Cubans that suffered under Castro's intolerant tyranny, you could say that the truth is our vengeance.
 
Book: 'Double Duty' Radcliffe - 36 Years of Pitching & Catching in the Negro Leagues by Kyle McNary
'Double Duty' is the biography of the most versatile baseball player in Negro League history! Double Duty Radcliffe, nicknamed because he was an all-star pitcher and catcher, played from 1919-1954, against the biggest names in Negro League and Major League baseball, and performed feats that will never be matched! Radcliffe pitched and caught three times each in East-West All-Star competition, [...]
 
Book: Lionel's Grand Adventure (Lionel and the Golden Rule) by Paul R. Hewlett
Praise for Lionel's Grand Adventure: Lionel and the Golden Rule: "I really enjoyed this book...I totally think Lionel's Grand Adventure is a perfect book for reluctant readers or young advanced readers." -"This Kid" Erik - This Kid Reviews Books - "This is a great children's story... It is a wonderful book that teaches children as well as adults a lesson we all should live by." -Jeannie Walker - [...]
 
Book: This Much Is True by Katherine Owen
She just wants to escape her tragic story. He just wants to learn her name. This much is true. They briefly met, months before, under the most tragic of circumstances...but she doesn't remember him. Fate intervenes when they meet up again at a party. Both destined for stardom, they tell themselves being together means nothing. Linc pretends to not know of her most recent tragedy. Tally pretends [...]
 
Book: Hallways in the Night - A Novel by R.C. O'Leary
When a veteran cop tries to arrest baseball's home run king, one of them ends up on trial and the other one ends up dead. A routine stakeout is almost over when Dave Mackno decides to pursue a speeding Porsche. It's a decision that will have deadly consequences. That's because the Porsche is being driven by Remo Centrella, baseball's home run king, who is half-drunk and at the tail-end of a [...]
 


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