Gene Moore, from tiny Sesser, Illinois, was signed by the
Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940, at the young age of 15. His future in the major
leagues was cut short by World War II, and Gene spent several years overseas in
the Navy’s touring baseball team, entertaining troops in the European theatre. Later,
the team was assigned to guard a select group of German prisoners in Louisiana.
The story of the relationship that developed between the prisoners and their
guards is a fascinating one.
When Gene is finally able to return home to Illinois, he
is “on crutches, depressed and embarrassed,” holing up in the local bar and
prompting one bartender to lament, “He’s become one of us, when we were hoping
he would make us like him.” Gene’s story from promise to despair and back again—as
told by his son, author Gary Moore—retains every bit of its vitality and
relevance, demonstrating that sometimes, letting go of a dream is the only way
to discover one’s great fortune.
Driven by word of mouth and the author's heroic efforts
to tell the world his father's story, Playing
with the Enemy was a surprise hardcover hit for its independent publisher. Filled
with memorable characters from an extraordinary time in our country's history,
it is a truly redemptive story that will be read and reread for generations to
come. Download and start listening now!