If I Never Get Back

If I Never Get Back

by Darryl Brock
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If I Never Get Back by Darryl Brock

Contemporary reporter Sam Fowler, stuck in a dull job and a failing marriage, abruptly finds himself transported back to the summer of 1869. After a wrenching period of adjustment, he comes to feel rejuvenated by his involvement with the nation's first pro baseball players. He also finds his senses quickening and tastes changing as he faces life-threatening 19th-century challenges on and off the baseball diamond. Through his attachments to the ballplayers and the lovely Caitlin O'Neill, he might just regain the sense of family he desperately needs. Darryl Brock masterfully evokes post-Civil War America’s smoky, turbulent cities, the new transcontinental railroad that takes passengers over prairies and mountains to California, the dance halls and parlor houses, the financial booms and busts, and historical luminaries like Mark Twain and Jesse James. Equally appealing to sports fans and anyone who likes a good read, If I Never Get Back well deserves the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s judgment that it “hits a home run.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583941874
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Edition description: REV
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 358,511
Product dimensions: 5.53(w) x 8.45(h) x 1.16(d)

About the Author

For the better part of two decades, Darryl Brock was a history, English, and psychology instructor in San Francisco Bay Area high schools. He holds a BA from the University of Redlands and has many graduate units in history at UC Berkeley. He has served as a writing consultant to the State of California and worked with Educational Testing Service to establish essay-scoring programs. Since 1984, Brock has been a full-time freelance writer, and is the author of numerous articles and reviews, many of them about early baseball and/or Mark Twain.He is an accomplished public speaker on the subjects of the Red Stockings, early baseball in general, and his experience in researching those pioneer pros. He is heavily involved in the world of baseball, attending Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) regional meetings and occasionally national conventions, as well as other baseball organizations' functions.Darryl Brock lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and daughter.

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If I Never Get Back 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
iluvvideo More than 1 year ago
OK. If you buy the premise that a down on his luck newspaper writer, taking a train to Cleveland, wakes up at a station in 1869 - 130 years earlier, you will enjoy this work! He makes acquaintance with, befriends and finally accompanies pro baseball's original team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings through their undefeated inaugural 1869 season. It rings true to the records of the time and offers fascinating eye witness account of events. But beyond that, the adventures are fast and furious and mostly believable. However, some are not. This stopped me from rating this 5 stars instead of 4. Enjoyable, fast paced and recommended for folks who enjoy a good novel that includes baseball, time travel and post Civil War America.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed reading the book If i never get back by darryl brock. The book is a sports/historical fiction with some mystery and romance. Sam fowlwer, the main charcter that tells the story travels back in time to 1869. There Sam Fowler meets with and travels around the country with the Cincinati red stockings baseball team. The twist and turns of sam's adventure are entertaining reading.He becomes involved with gambling ,grave robbing, meets mark twaine and falls in love. The book is centred around baseball which is intersting but at times to detailed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like all of the good time-travel novels, this one begins with an interesting premise. Better, it travels to an era we know for its political history, not its social history. Yes, baseball fans will enjoy the depiction of early baseball. The accuracy of that depiction is unknown, but is makes for a good yarn nonetheless. The book does not attempt to unravel the metaphysical riddle of upsetting history, and that is good. Enjoy this adventure for what it is. The weaknesses of the book are two. First, the far-fetchedness of a plot that interweaves Mark Twain, corrupt politics, the first professional baseball team, etc. smells of 'Forrest Gump.' They add plot pieces but subtract from the focus. Second, there are too many 1990s-vintage liberal guilt comments tossed in like weeds in the lawn. Would someone transported to the 1860s really care about using wood to fire the boilers of boats and trains? Hardly. This book is a fine summer book. Take it as a mystery wrapped in time travel, not as accurate history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm still waiting for Brock's sequel to this great book. A history of the game, and a look to what middle America was like back in the 1870's. If you like baseball, you will love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're interested in how baseball started out in America and how they played the game back in 1869, this is a good book to read. I found the first 50 pages rather hard to get through but then it really picked up and was quite informative and also a good time-travel epic. I was amazed to learn how popular the game was becoming back in the 1860's and how hard they played the game. One could easily argue that today's players wouldn't be able to match the 'toughness' of the professional players from 130 years ago. True baseball fans will enjoy this book.