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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Moore Narrator: Toby Moore Publisher: Oasis Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1940, at just 15 years old, small-town baseball star Gene Moore was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers, who saw in him the potential to become one of the great catchers of all time. Before that could happen, though, WWII intervened.

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. His gripping material certainly helps: after several years overseas in the Navy's touring baseball team, Gene was brought back to Louisiana and assigned to guard secret German POWs, whose U-boat was captured just days before the storming of Normandy.

There, Gene teaches his German captives how to play baseball, with a number of unintended and life-altering consequences. When Gene's finally able to return home to Sesser, Ill., he's 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 journey from promise to despair and back again, set against a long war and an even longer post-war recovery, retains every bit of its vitality and relevance, a 20th-century epic that demonstrates how, sometimes, letting go of a dream is the only way to discover one's great fortune. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rick | 2/17/2014

    " This was a heart wrenching true story told by a son that had no idea about what his father went through and his god given abilities to play baseball. I first heard about this book when the author was interviewed on the radio the story sounded intriguing. The book is well written and the story is not just about baseball but the things that we have in common. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gary | 2/8/2014

    " I did some research into some of the characters in the book and unfortunately could not find much about them. Someone did some detailed research and questions a fair bit as to the accuracy of what was written. Nevertheless it does speak to vanquished dreams and overcoming the hand that life deals you all in the context of baseball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Muffintop | 2/7/2014

    " Didn't think I would like this book because I had to read it for school but I really got into this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Penny | 2/4/2014

    " Awesome baseball and WW II, could not put it down, true story, loved it. Starts in Illinois! "

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