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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gene’s story, a surprising paean to the power and humanity of a game, is told here by his son, a first-time author who exhibits the confidence and pacing of a pro.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fascinating…a moving profile of one nearly unknown member of the Greatest Generation.”


  • “A true story of one man’s reaching out to the enemy during a very dark time in our history. Gene Moore and his fellow sailors teach all of us that compassion and tolerance exist, especially when the bridge builder happens to be that great American pastime: baseball. History and baseball buffs alike will revel in this episode of man’s ability to reach out, even during a time of war.”

    Gerald R. Molen, Academy Award–winning producer of Schindler’s List

  • Playing with the Enemy is a story of the American Dream—the power, the pain, the sacrifice, the triumph, and most of all, the heart. It’s about making peace with your enemies and, in Gene Moore’s case, the story of a man learning to make pace with himself. A great read.”

    James Riordan, New York Times bestselling author of Break on Through: The Life & Death of Jim Morrison

  • “Gary Moore’s touching book about his father’s baseball career reminds us that life is all about second chances and people inspiring each other to chase their dreams…I loved Playing with the Enemy. You will, too.”

    Jim Morris, former pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays

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