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The Second-Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played by Drew Bridges

iUniverse
$24.95, hardcover / $14.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-491747797
October, 2014
Memoir
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

A soldier coming home to build a life beyond war is one of the oldest stories ever told. From Homer's Odysseus to today's wounded warrior, there are millions of such stories. They are all unique and they all share common features. The Second-Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played is one of those stories, told in part from an American GI's World War II letters to his pregnant wife, in part through the author's memories and reflections about his solder-father, and in part through an afternoon of baseball played by ten to fifteen-year olds in western North Carolina in 1957.

The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees in the seventh game of the 1955 World Series in the greatest baseball game ever played. The second-greatest baseball game ever played took place Saturday, June 29, 1957. No Yankees, Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals, or Red Sox were there. The game played out in author Drew Bridges’s hometown of Hildebran in western North Carolina. Two teams of boys, ten to fifteen years old, faced off on the high school baseball diamond, no uniforms and no organized league. Bridges played second base, his brother played third, and their dad coached the team.

In this memoir, Bridges tells the story of that afternoon of baseball and how it came to be through his recollections and his father’s wartime letters to his mother who was pregnant with their first child. It shares the words of an ordinary American serviceman who is dreaming about a life beyond war.

Field of Dreams meets A League of Their Own meets The Sandlot in this story of a soldier’s return home from World War II and his work with others in the community to build a youth league baseball program. The Second-Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played shares the game of baseball through the eyes of a ten-year-old and shows how this game captured the heart and soul of a community and became so vital to all.

Kirkus Reviews calls the author an "entertaining writer" who presents "intriguing characters." Signed copies are available at The Storytellers Book Store in the town of Wake Forest, NC.

Drew Bridges is a (mostly) retired psychiatrist who has reclaimed his undergraduate English major identity by opening The Storytellers Book Store of Wake Forest. He lives in Wake Forest with his wife Lauren who co-owns the bookstore. He is a graduate of Gardner-Webb Jr. College, Lenoir Rhyne College, and the Medical School of UNC, Chapel Hill. He has a previous novel, Family Lost and Found, and a book about storytelling.

 
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