The Grace of Shortstops [NOOK Book]

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To a growing boy, life without baseball would be unimaginable, especially in the spring of 1947. History is being made at Ebbets Field. Jackie Robinson is about to break the color line and Brooklyn has a shot at the pennant.

In the Bronx, eight-year-old Benjamin "Peewee" Brunig dreams of making the major leagues as the next Dodger shortstop; the heir apparent to Pee Wee Reese. But even as he fantasizes about the future, the people around ...
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The Grace of Shortstops

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Overview

To a growing boy, life without baseball would be unimaginable, especially in the spring of 1947. History is being made at Ebbets Field. Jackie Robinson is about to break the color line and Brooklyn has a shot at the pennant.

In the Bronx, eight-year-old Benjamin "Peewee" Brunig dreams of making the major leagues as the next Dodger shortstop; the heir apparent to Pee Wee Reese. But even as he fantasizes about the future, the people around him—his mother, his rabbi father, his grandmother, even the neighborhood Rag Lady—are tormented by the present and the past.

Only a family crisis could distract Peewee from his baseball passion. When his infant cousin is kidnaped, Peewee summons all the courage befitting a future Dodger shortstop and embarks on a search-and-rescue mission for the stolen baby.

What Peewee discovers on the streets of New York is just the beginning in a series of shocking revelations that come to light about his family. A boy's loss of innocence is at the heart of Robert Mayer's richly-woven narrative about the secrets and sorrows of a Jewish immigrant family and of a youngster who finds in America's greatest sport, the courage and grace with which to face real life.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012896582
  • Publisher: Speaking Volumes
  • Publication date: 6/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 605 KB

Meet the Author

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Robert Mayer attended the City College of NY, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After a brief stint at the Washington Post, he joined the staff of Newsday. He spent ten years there, six as a reporter and four as the paper's New York City columnist.

In 1968 he won the National Headliner Award as the best feature columnist in the country. In 1969 he won the Mike Berger Award for the year's best writing about New York City. In 1971 he received the Mike Berger Award again, becoming the first person to win it twice. He then moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to write books and articles.

Mayer is the author of twelve books—ten novels and two works of non-fiction. Three of the books have been reissued in new editions during the past few years. They include Superfolks, which (for better or worse) altered the treatment of super heroes in comics and movies forever; Notes of a Baseball Dreamer, a memoir about growing up as a wannabe major leaguer in the city; and The Dreams of Ada, the true story of two men spending life in prison for a murder they did not commit.

Between writing books Mayer served six years as managing editor and then editor of The Santa Fe Reporter, an alternative weekly. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Condé Naste Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Metropolitan Home, Rocky Mountain Magazine and numerous other publications. Currently he is completing a new novel.
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