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"Get Outta' the Yards!"

by Tony Delucchi


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Two young men pursuing their dream face danger and hardships on a freight train hopping adventure across America. The year is 1931. The economy has tanked and millions of unemployed are on their own. "Old Man Depression" slams into America and decides to stick around and do his dirty work. As yet, Roosevelt's "New Deal" has not been imagined.
In times of hardship, like this, sports events serve as rallying points and help to lift heavy spirits. Football fans rely on radio sports casters and newspapers for reports about their favorite team. But nothing compares with the thrill of actually attending a game and cheering your team on to victory in a roaring stadium.
So it is that two fanatic football fans in Stockton, California, with $25 between them, decide to attend the "Big Game," -- their beloved USC "Trojans" against their greatest rivals, the "Fighting Irish" of Notre Dame. The problem is, the match is scheduled for South Bend, Indiana, 2,200 miles away. So being inventive they hatch a plan, to ride freight trains across the county to attend the game.
The idea sounds easy, but when put into action it turns tough as reality sets in. Along the way hunger and freezing cold, forces them to seek refuge with the homeless of the day - hobos, vagrants, tramps and itinerant individuals surviving winter without shelter. Warming themselves around the campfires in "Hobo Jungles," Tony and his buddy, Joe hear story-tellers spinning accounts of rough times and voicing opinions on the disheartening issues of the day. Their perspectives on life are broadened, they learn survival skills, and above all else, how to outwit the "Railroad Bulls."
This journal by Tony Delucchi portrays with grace and humor the era of the "Thirties."

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ISBN-13: 9781481182782
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/27/2012
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

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