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The ’51 Rocks is based on the true story of the Western Carolina League's 1951 Granite Falls Graniteers, the losingest team in baseball history. Ten year old batboy Bobby McRainey relates the day to day struggles of a losing ball club and confronts the moral challenges of whites only baseball in 1951. When Bobby finds out an unhittable ‘Cuban’ pitcher is really an American born black man, he struggles with the arbitrary nature and unfairness of segregation.

Through a long hot ...

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The '51 Rocks

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Overview

The ’51 Rocks is based on the true story of the Western Carolina League's 1951 Granite Falls Graniteers, the losingest team in baseball history. Ten year old batboy Bobby McRainey relates the day to day struggles of a losing ball club and confronts the moral challenges of whites only baseball in 1951. When Bobby finds out an unhittable ‘Cuban’ pitcher is really an American born black man, he struggles with the arbitrary nature and unfairness of segregation.

Through a long hot summer, the Graniteers sweat out a 14 – 96 season. New coaches, a name change (to the Granite Rocks) and even ‘Black Cat Night at Granite Falls Stadium' cannot turn things around. Then, at the end of a long and painful season, the Rocks sign five former Negro League players and integrate Southern baseball. And, Bobby learns that even a losing team can have immortal moments.

Publishers Weekly called the book ‘beguiling.' “There are some very pleasant moments (and perhaps even a Denzel Washington movie) in this novel … based on the incredible true story of the worst team in Baseball History that became the first Southern team to break the color barrier."

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011284007
  • Publisher: Matt Musson
  • Publication date: 4/6/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 738,141
  • File size: 636 KB

Meet the Author

Matt Musson is the creator of the Jeep Muldoon series about a boy with the unusual ability to 'Find Things.' Jeep and his pals solve mysteries and have adventures, usually with a scientific orientation. But, ultimately, Jeep's stories are about friendship and fun!Matt has also written the acclaimed sports novel: The '51 Rocks - Batboy on the Worst Team Ever! The '51 Rocks is a fictional account of the true story of the 1951 Granite Falls Graniteers. The Graniteers were the losinest team in Baseball History. But, with 6 games left in the 1951 season - the Graniteers signed 5 Negro League players and became the first team to integrate Baseball in the Old South!Publishers Weekly called the book ‘beguiling.' “There are some very pleasant moments (and perhaps even a Denzel Washington movie) in this novel … based on the incredible true story of the worst team in Baseball History that became the first Southern team to break the color barrier."Matt was born in Austin, TX and grew up in San Antonio. He earned two degrees at the University of Texas and moved east to work for Ross Perot as a Systems Analyst. He has developed systems for Planters Peanuts, LifeSavers Candies, Sara Lee, and Bank of America.Matt is currently in North Carolina developing banking software and working part-time for the Charlotte Bobcats. He has four incredible children: Skye, McClain, Granath, and Chandler. Matt collects vintage rodeo belt buckles and Indian jewelry when he is not prospecting for Carolina gold and emeralds.He is a contributing author to the non-fiction anthology Sports in the Carolinas: From Death Valley to Tobacco Road.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2011

    PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY REVIEW

    There are some very pleasant moments (and perhaps even a Denzel Washington movie) in this novel which the author tells us is "based on the incredible true story of the worst team in Baseball History--that became the first Southern team to break the color barrier." One day an old man named Robert McRainy shows up as a replacement speaker in Lydia Funderburk's Language Arts class in Granite Falls, North Carolina to talk about the history of professional baseball in Granite Falls. "But we don't have a professional baseball team in Granite Falls," says one bewildered student. "That's exactly correct, young man. We do not now have a professional baseball team in our fair city," McRainy concedes. "But that has not always been the case... Fifty-eight years ago, our Granite Falls team competed in the historic Western Carolina League, where it shattered every record in Carolina baseball... Our extraordinary group of hometown heroes was--without question--the worst professional team in the history of baseball! They were officially called the 1951 Granite Falls Graniteers. But, to the avid baseball fans of my youth, they were known simply as the '51 Rocks." Fans of baseball in general and the famed Negro League in particular should get an extra kick from this beguiling story.

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