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How does a star pitcher deal with the death of a coach, the loss of a couple miles per hour off his fastball and the potential end of his career? For Henry Wiggen, famed southpaw of the New York Mammoths, its denial, followed by desperate flirting with attractive women, an attempted comeback, and finally, a wakeup call in the form of a hot come backer right at his noggin. Henry remains his argumentative, funny and forthright self as he deals with the reality of middle age.
Lost on the Appalachian Trail, nine year old Trisha has very little to help her survive the cruel wilderness. As the days pass without rescue, Trisha turns to her trusty Walkman radio to tune in her beloved Red Sox. Listening to the baseball games at night helps her put her fears at bay as she is surrounded by a sense of normalcy and companionship, despite the terror lurking nearby in the dark. Tom Gordon, the Sox relief pitcher, is her example of grace under pressure while Trisha tries to make it through the wilds.
An 11-year old boy from an Irish family and a rabbi who has escaped from the Nazis wouldnt have much in common in 1947 Brooklyn but somehow, Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers manage to unite them. With the help of a centuries old Golem, Michael Devlin and Rabbi Hirsch overcome prejudice and violence and escape the great danger waiting for them.
Jackie Robinson changed baseball forever and also changed the way a lot people thought about race. Even popular author Robert B. Parker examines it in this story of a fictitious bodyguard, Joseph Burke, a wounded WWII vet, assigned to protect Jackie Robinson during his major league debut. Burke has an interesting seat as watches Robinson break the color barrier and comes to respect and like him. Intertwined in the story are Robert Parkers boyhood recollections of baseball.
How does a team with the lowest payroll in baseball compete against teams with unlimited funds? By playing a very different game of baseball based on the principles of business and Wall Street. Billy Beanes management of the Oakland Athletics redefined the criteria used to evaluate players and their salaries, resulting in a success so astounding, it could single-handedly refute the argument for a salary cap. For anyone who has ever had a fantasy league team, here is proof that Bill James knew what he was talking about and it could be applied to the Major Leagues.