One Last Hurrah: Baseball will never be the same

One Last Hurrah: Baseball will never be the same

by Patrick G McLean

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Overview

When aging ballplayer Paul Kolbe learns that the St. Louis Cardinals need a replacement player, he's determined to return to the field for one last hurrah. He's past his prime, his health is failing, and he's an alcoholic, but he refuses to let these things stand in his way. But on his way back to the field, Paul must overcome even more obstacles. He has to deal with individuals inside and outside the baseball organization who are determined to block his success, and he must resolve the conflicted feelings he has about two women he's dating. He does, however, get support and encouragement along the way, particularly from the ghost of long-dead baseball great Joe Fisher, the last National League player to win the Triple Crown over seventy-five years ago. Part of Joe's success was due to the use of Northwoods pine tar for superior bat grip, an item he provides Paul from time to time. As he chases his dream, Paul's health continues to decline, and he finds himself in desperate need of a liver transplant but knows that getting one would ruin his last shot at being a professional player. Will he be able to play and still get the transplant in time? Or are some dreams really worth dying for in the end?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500318741
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/04/2014
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Patrick McLean's debut novel, One Last Hurrah, follows the compelling journey of an aging baseball player as he chases his dream to play the professional game for one more season. A stellar work that enlightens as well as entertains, One Last Hurrah marks McLean's seamless entry into the field of writing and showcases his insight into the daily challenges that define baseball, both on and off the field.

Before picking up his pen, McLean worked in marketing for thirty-nine years, retiring in 2009. He has also taught marketing courses at two St. Louis-based universities for twenty years, and currently focuses his teaching efforts on sports marketing and management.

McLean is married to the love of his life, Dawn, and together they are the proud and loving grandparents of five grandchildren, who keep them quite busy.

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