Fathers, sons, and the holy ghosts of baseball

Tommy Murray

Book - 2017

"Time often slows and frequently even stops in the small town of Cottage Park, Iowa. In fact, time is best measured not by the hands of a clock but by the innings in a baseball game. Praying and playing baseball are two of the town's primary activites. Actually, they are one in the same in a town where baseball is a religion. Still, time does eventually flow on. Much like the Des Moines River just outside Cottage Park, time also leads to Des Moines, the site of the 1974 Iowa high schoo...l baseball tournament. Cottage Park's Holy Trinity High School has never won the Finals, as they are known. The team's three elderly coaches vow to at last anoint themselves Finals champions before they retire in their final season. For the players, the road to the Finals is a confirmation by fire -- a rite of passage before they must face adulthood looming before them. Fathers, sons, and the holy ghosts of baseball join together in the quest for the Finals. Along this yourney, young and old alike ultimately learn that you must sacrifice before you can gain and sometimes lose before you can win."--Back cover.

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Genres
Sports fiction
Published
Edina, MN : Beaver's Pond Press [2017]
Language
English
Physical Description
404 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN
9781592986293
1592986293
Main Author
Tommy Murray (author)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Fathers, Sons, and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball" is a coming of age story that will appeal especially to sports fans and Midwesterners.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Time often slows and even stops in the small town of Cottage Park, Iowa. In fact, time is best measured not by the hands of a clock but by the innings of a baseball game. Praying and playing baseball are two of the town's primary activities. Actually, they are one in the same in a town where baseball is a religion. Still, time does eventually flow on. Much like the Des Moines River just outside Cottage Park, time leads to the site of the 1974 Iowa high school baseball tournament. Cottage Park's Holy Trinity High School has never won the Finals. The team's three elderly coaches vow to at last anoint themselves champions before they retire. For the players, the road to the Finals is a confirmation by fire--a rite of passage before they must face adulthood. Fathers, sons, and the holy ghosts of baseball join together in the quest for the Finals. Along this journey, young and old alike ultimately learn you must sacrifice before you can gain and sometimes you must lose before you can win.