Dream Season

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Dream Season is a well-written historical novel that makes Los Angeles County's past come alive...I strongly recommend this book. Stories of nineteenth-century baseball, family lore, and the history of Merriken's hometown of Norwalk, California, are beautifully told in this heartwarming tale that is based on the life of a pitcher and local celebrity, Walter Settle."- Barbara Field, President, Norwalk Historical Heritage Commission

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Overview

Dream Season is a well-written historical novel that makes Los Angeles County's past come alive...I strongly recommend this book. Stories of nineteenth-century baseball, family lore, and the history of Merriken's hometown of Norwalk, California, are beautifully told in this heartwarming tale that is based on the life of a pitcher and local celebrity, Walter Settle."- Barbara Field, President, Norwalk Historical Heritage Commission

In 1890, a tall and robust fourteen-year-old named Walter Settle played baseball for a small community just north of his hometown in Los Angeles County. An exceptionally talented and motivated athlete with an incredible pitching arm, young Walter dreamed of playing baseball professionally. When news of his talent eventually caught the attention of Baltimore Orioles Manager Ned Hanlon, Walter's aspirations of playing in the big leagues seemed destined to become reality. But Walter had to choose between his dream and his responsibility to his family and community.

Inspired by the life of a true baseball hero and the history of Norwalk, California, this heartwarming novel tells the story of a young man's ambition to play professional baseball despite his family's disdain for the sport, his unrelenting push for perfection, and his disappointments and triumphs along the way.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781583480229
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2004

    Dream Season

    The late nineteenth century springs to life once more in E Dee Merriken's tale of a young man of humble background whose closest contact with the game of his dreams is copying the following week's baseball schedule from borrowed newspapers, or being invited to pitch in pick-up games by the local Mexicans because he can speak Spanish. This is more than a sports novel. It is a splendid piece of period fiction, in which the reader can hear the strike of boot heels on hardwood of porches and storefronts of Norwalk, and taste dust on dry lips on its arid streets. Dream Season takes place in a century before time-saving luxuries such as cars and telephones, but which allowed the luxury of taking all morning to pick up the mail. It is in this simple time and place that one glimpses the athletic potential of young Walter Settle--a potential better appreciated from our modern perspective than by the young man himself, who has never seen an actual professional baseball game until his eccentric aunt hatches a plan to take him to Los Angeles for just this purpose. Walter is so un-wordly, in fact, that he must ask the adopted uncle with whom he shares a bedroom the meaning of the word 'Negro.' And Uncle Frank is a black man. Norwalk, California is populated and visited by pioneers, a preacher, Mexican ballplayers, a Jewish tailor, Walter's drunken father and cultured aunt, and a husband-wife team of thief and con artist--all seeming comfortable enough together in a story that is as much pleasure unfolding as it is tribute to their spirits. Give it to someone you know who appreciates a good read. Better yet, treat yourself. The baseball angle makes it tempting to call it a homerun, but this fine book reminds us that even a walk can be gratifying. Enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2004

    Dream Season

    The late nineteenth century springs to life once more in E Dee Merriken's tale of a young man of humble background whose closest contact with the game of his dreams is copying the following week's baseball schedule from borrowed newspapers, or being invited to pitch in pick-up games by the local Mexicans because he can speak Spanish. This is more than a sports novel. It is a splendid piece of period fiction, in which the reader can hear the strike of boot heels on hardwood on porches and in the storefronts of Norwalk, and taste dust on dry lips on its arid streets. Dream Season takes place in a century before time saving luxuries such as cars and telephones, but which allowed the luxury of taking all morning to pick up the mail. It is in this simple time and place that one glimpses the athletic potential of young Walter Settle¿a potential better appreciated from our modern perspective than by the young man himself, who has never seen an actual professional baseball game until his eccentric aunt hatches a plan to take him to Los Angeles for just this purpose. Walter is so un-worldly, in fact, that he must ask the adopted uncle with whom he shares a bedroom the meaning of the word ¿Negro.¿ And Uncle Frank is a black man. Norwalk, California is populated and visited by pioneers, a preacher, Mexican ballplayers, a Jewish tailor, Walter's drunken father and cultured aunt, and a husband-wife team of thief and con artist, all wrapped comfortably together in a story that is as much pleasure unfolding as it is tribute to their spirits. Give it to someone you know who appreciates a good read. Better yet, treat yourself. The baseball angle makes it tempting to call Dream Season a homerun, but this fine book reminds us that even a walk can be gratifying. Enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2004

    WHAT A PAGETURNER!!!

    Wow, am I impressed. I bought this book as a gift for my baseball-mad brother. After receiving it, I thought I'd skim it a little before wrapping it - and found myself so engrossed that I finished the book cover to cover without a break. Who knew that baseball and history could be so entertaining? The characters came alive, as did the time period, the people, and their struggles. This author is definitely on my 'watch for' list, and the next buy will be for myself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2004

    WHAT A PAGETURNER!!!

    Wow, am I impressed. I bought this book as a gift for my baseball-mad brother. After receiving it, I thought I'd skim it a little before wrapping it - and found myself so engrossed that I finished the book cover to cover without a break. Who knew that baseball and history could be so entertaining? The characters came alive, as did the time period, the people, and their struggles. This author is definitely on my 'watch for' list, and the next buy will be for myself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2004

    I Was There...

    Dee Merriken sure knows her baseball! I'll admit it; I never was much of a baseball fan before Dream Season, but just as I learned to appreciate a Mozart's operas by digging into their construction and evolution, I grew to appreciate the intricacies of baseball by watching (so it seemed) Walter Settle perfect his pitching form. I have to thank Ms. Merriken for whisking me, with the ease of a master storyteller, into this by-gone world of fast pitching games and slow Southern California life; wheeling & dealing owners, and dedicated preachers; and exciting minor league and nail biting small-town baseball. Dream Season is a must-read for baseball aficionados, history buffs, and people like me who can't seem resist a well-told story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2004

    A baseball thriller and so much more

    A real page turner. As a life long angeleno I knew that baseball was big in LA long before the Dodgers and Angels (the Hollywood Stars come to mind) but I didn't know what a seriously big deal it was more than 100 years ago. Facinating history and a great story too.

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