The Corporal Was a Pitcher: The Courage of Lou Brissie [NOOK Book]

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Lou Brissie's extraordinary story is one that takes readers from the terrifying battlefields in Europe in World War II to the playing fields in Philadelphia. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ira Berkow brings together the unforgettable memories of a hero's life, telling the tales of a man who overcame incredible odds with his leg in a protective metal case to realize his dream of pitching in the major leagues. Brissie recounts amazing stories, including Brissie’s leg injury and how he was left for dead in the snow ...
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The Corporal Was a Pitcher: The Courage of Lou Brissie

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Overview

Lou Brissie's extraordinary story is one that takes readers from the terrifying battlefields in Europe in World War II to the playing fields in Philadelphia. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ira Berkow brings together the unforgettable memories of a hero's life, telling the tales of a man who overcame incredible odds with his leg in a protective metal case to realize his dream of pitching in the major leagues. Brissie recounts amazing stories, including Brissie’s leg injury and how he was left for dead in the snow and mud of the Appenines in Italy, his pleading with doctors to not surgically remove his leg so that he might one day play professional baseball, the numerous surgeries and his improbable road to recovery, his friendship with Connie Mack and the opportunity to pitch after his injury, being named to the 1949 All-Star team as member of the Philadelphia Athletics, the big scare Brissie received when a Ted Williams line drive struck his wounded leg, and his regular visits for the past 60 years to both veteran's hospitals and children's hospital wards. The Corporal Was a Pitcher is a must-read not only for baseball fans, but also for anyone looking to find inspiration from a man who never quit despite the odds being stacked so highly against him.
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"Doc, I'll take my chances." With those words, Lou Brissie turned down what was described as the only way of saving his life, the amputation of his leg after a World War II artillery barrage. This is the moving story of a veteran's determination to pursue his dream of pitching in the big leagues, no matter how difficult the rehabilitation and how slim his chances. For all school and public libraries.


—Margaret Heilbrun, Gilles Renaud
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617491245
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,110,469
  • File size: 479 KB

Meet the Author

Ira Berkow is a sports columnist and feature writer for the New York Times for more than 25 years. He won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for commentary in 1988. He is the author of 18 books, including the bestsellers Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar and Red: A Biography of Red Smith, as well as two memoirs, Full Swing and To the Hoop. Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life, cowritten and edited by Mr. Berkow, was a primary source for the award-winning documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. He lives in New York City. Tom Brokaw is a television journalist and the bestselling author of the book The Greatest Generation.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Character, perseverance, determination, generosity

    To call this a baseball story is to do the book an injustice. This is the story of a man who has NEVER made an excuse for anything, who has persisted in pursuing his dream when no one would have faulted him for giving up, who has always felt blessed in having this life to lead, who continues to give back unselfishly, who feels that giving anything less than all he had would be insulting those who hadn't made it back from WWII as he had--whole or not. What a great story--not only the playing days of Brissie, but also his life before and since those days!

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    War Hero Recaptures a Dream

    Lou Brissie from small town South Carolina is a product of textile baseball teams. He shows great potential for the major leagues. Connie Mack becomes a supporter and inspiration. Lou is severely wounded in Italy during the Second World War, but with great courage and a devoted wife finally realizes his dream. The story is a great inspiration. It shows the human spirit at its best. There is plenty of baseball history here for the most ardent fan, but you do not need to be a baseball fan to enjoy this wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2009

    Can't put this book down, When will I sleep!!

    I just received this book yesterday on arriving home from a long day at work. I read a couple of chapters and went to bed but I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about the book and had to read some more. I must finish reading the book tonight or I will never sleep. Lou Brissie is amazing!!! It is incredible what he overcame to succeed, it really helps me to put any small challenges I may face in life into perspective. Awesome story, I can't wait for the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2009

    Thanks Mr. Berkow for this wonderful book!

    I am not half way finished reading this book and feel that I can not put it down. It is a story that has and will continue to be inspirational in my life and it is told by the author in a way that makes me believe that anything is possible and that you should never give up and always reach for the best in yourself. Thanks! Love this book.

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