Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson, authors of Without Mercy (HarperCollins, 978-0-06236-319-0), will appear on Modern Signed Books on Friday, August 26. Michael Tackett, author of The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams (HMH, 978-0-54438-764-5), will appear on On Point on NPR on Monday, August 29 at 10:00 a.m.
There's nothing subtle about Mike Chamberlain's performance of this love letter to small-town minor league baseball coach, Merl Eberly. And somehow, that's how it should be, given the nostalgic, almost elegiac, tone of Michael Tackett's book.
Alex Steele begins his pitch on how to turn Texas into a Democratic state like any good politician, with the story of how he got to this place. It begins in California's Central Valley, where he grew up: his father working two jobs to support four boys, his mother disabled by illness.
About the Book About the Author Excerpts Reviews About the Book From an award-winning journalist, a real Field of Dreams story about a legendary coach and the professional-caliber baseball program he built in America's heartland, where boys come summer after summer to be molded into ballplayers - and men Clarinda, Iowa, population 5,000, sits two hours from anything.
Clarinda, Iowa is a farming town with a population of 5,000 and an outsize impact on baseball. In his first book, Tackett, an editor at The New York Times Washington bureau and former Washington bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune, tells the inspiring story of Merl Eberly, a coach dedicated not just to baseball, but to kids in need of a goal and a second chance.
And the lore of Eberly and the Clarinda A's continued to grow. Bud Black, a star pitcher with the Kansas City Royals who went on to manage the San Diego Padres, played there for two summers. So did Phillies outfielder Von Hayes, though he asked Eberly to release him two weeks into his first season because he didn't think he was good enough.
When Ozzie Smith entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002, he made sure that Merl and Pat Eberly had front-row seats at the induction ceremony. The Eberlys were family, not by blood, but in ways just as intimate. The Eberlys are not well known to the general public, or even by most baseball fans.
After Wilson led the state in scoring while playing for tiny Anderson College, the fledgling professional basketball leagues also offered no opportunity. So Wilson signed with the Harlem Globetrotters in the era when the team was highly competitive, barnstorming the country to take on college all-star teams and white professional teams, even traveling to Europe and Asia.
WASHINGTON - Sen. Phil Gramm, a Republican presidential hopeful seeking to win the support of the religious Right, invested in an R-rated, soft-core movie production with his brother-in-law 20 years ago, according to the New Republic magazine.
The Tea Party-inspired drive to derail Obamacare is anchored in a place where opposition to the federal government is as old as the nation: the American South. The current fight, a budget standoff that threatens the creditworthiness of the U.S, has vestiges of the secession from the union that started in South Carolina and led to the Civil War.
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