Monroe City Blues

Monroe City Blues

by Marino Amoruso
     
 
Johnny DiAngelo is a talented eighteen-year old pitcher from Brooklyn, NY who dreams of playing baseball in the major leagues. In 1963, he gets that opportunity when he is signed by the Washington Senators. Johnny is drafted and sent by bus from New York to their Class D League located in Monroe City, Georgia. While traveling, Johnny encounters situations of

Overview

Johnny DiAngelo is a talented eighteen-year old pitcher from Brooklyn, NY who dreams of playing baseball in the major leagues. In 1963, he gets that opportunity when he is signed by the Washington Senators. Johnny is drafted and sent by bus from New York to their Class D League located in Monroe City, Georgia. While traveling, Johnny encounters situations of segregation and prejudice, which are disturbing and unreal to him. The natural beauty of the small towns he passes through, have been tarnished by the conflicts of racism for almost two centuries.

The Monroe City Blues team catcher, Lyle Agee, is the first black player in the history of the Southern Baseball Conference. He and Johnny become close friends, which make them and the whole team the targets of the white supremacist group in town.
The coach of the Blues team; "Dobie" Carey is a 70-year old ex-minor league baseball pitcher who becomes a mentor and father figure to Johnny and Lyle. Dobie, by his example and words, help them and their teammates deal with the harsh realities of life. Dobie not only coaches them about baseball, he also teaches them about becoming good men.
While in Monroe City, Johnny can't help but fall in love with Emily James, who works at the local luncheonette. As the daughter of a career Air Force officer, Emily has lived in many places around the world, but has never met anyone with as big of a heart as Johnny, or as she calls him "Johnny Angel."
Set against our National Pastime of baseball during the 1960's; an extraordinarily volatile period in modern American history, MONROE CITY BLUES is a tale of love, loss, loyalty, friendship and tolerance. Most of all, it's about never giving up on your dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482560039
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/20/2013
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Marino Amoruso, an award-winning filmmaker and author has written, directed and edited over 50 films for broadcast and cable networks. He was nominated for four Emmy Awards, won the prestigious Western Heritage Award and awards at the New York Film Festival.
He has also written nine books -
ACROSS 7TH STREET - a love story between an Italian boy and an Orthodox Jewish girl in 1960's Brooklyn, NY.
THE SIXTH FAMILY - about the "crews" of young men that do the dirty work for the Mafia bosses. A gritty comedic story with great dialogue and riveting characters.
MONROE CITY BLUES-A Brooklyn boy learns about baseball, prejudice and life in the 1960's South Georgia.
THE LAST OUTLAW - a modern day NY reporter goes to New Mexico to uncover the truth about a legend.
Non-Fiction-
GIL HODGES: THE QUIET MAN - a revealing view of Gil's life and career and the controversial truth that has kept Gil from his deserved place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
BACK IN THE DAY: REFLECTIONS OF A BABY BOOMER - a collection of short stories; humorous and poignant views from a Baby Boomer.
BEING ITALIAN: A MEMOIR - Amorusos' award winning reflection of his life as an American-Italian Brooklyn boy, living with his immigrant family.
AUNT PHIL GALLO'S COOKBOOK - a wonderful collection of Italian family recipes.
Amoruso proudly received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Sons of Italy in America for his contributions in preserving Italian-American culture, history and heritage in his books and films, which can all be seen on our website. www.mymarfilms.com or search Marino Amoruso on Amazon.

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