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The year was 1979 and the fifteen teenagers on the Crenshaw High Cougars were the most talented team in the history of high school baseball. Most of the team were drafted into professional baseball. Two of them, Darryl Strawberry and Chris Brown, would reunite as teammates on a National League All-Star roster. But Michael Sokolove's The Ticket Out is more a story of promise denied than of dreams fulfilled.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Michael Sokolove is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the author of Hustle: The Myth, Life, and Lies of Pete Rose. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife and their three children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
You do not need to be a baseball fan to really enjoy this book. The book is about life in the inner city and follows the lives of the boys who made up what is called the "greatest high school baseball team ever." The author catches up with them 25 years or so later. What he finds is incredible. Sometimes sad, sometimes predictable and sometimes unforgettable.
This non-fictional narrative takes you in depth of Darryl Strawberry's career. The book takes you through the highs and lows of Strawberry. Including the demons he could never shake. It also shows that not just Darryl had problems, but most of his high school teammates. As a reader you really feel for Darryl. The book answers the question are drugs a way out? This is a must read for baseball fans everywhere. It truly shows fame and fortune may not be enough.
I read the book and it wasn't accurate. My name is Craig and I'm a former memember of the Crenshaw High baseball team of 1979. Yes, our team was extremely talented and star laden. After, reading your book I thought about some of the players who played on the team. College graduates like George Cook, Reggie Dymalley (great nephew of the fomer Lt. Governor of California...Mervin Dymalley) Lee May, Jr., Craig Page a graduate and post graduate. I remember the fond days of playing against John Elway ( former quaterback at Stanford and the Denver Broncos), Jay Schader (former quaterback at UCLA and LA Raiders), Tom Ramsey, (former quaterback at UCLA and New England Pats), Eric Davis (former Fremont Pathfinder and outfielder of the Reds & Dodgers), Byron Scott (former Morningside High, Arizona State, LA Laker and coach for the New Jeresey Nets), Chilli Davis (former Dorsey High grad and California Angels). Also, I remember playing for one of the greatest coaches (and former Chief Scout of the Oakland A's from the 1960's - 1970's and former head coach of Los Angeles City College) Phil Pote. It was 25 years ago that the Boys of Crenshaw High had a dream. A dream to be Champions and a dream to be remembered. Did you know that two-thirds of that team graduated and attended college. Guys like Craig Page,George Cook, Marvin McWorder, Fernando Becker, Reggie Dymalley, Stanley, Nelson Whitey, Lee May, Jr., Robert Thomas, George and Reggie McCall, etc.. Also, we had a host of players who were drafted very high, like: Darryl Strawberry, Chris Brown, Cortey Dillard, Darryl and Derwin McNeley. The Jones Boys....Carl, Tracey, Cortez. We were a team of kids that believe we could be great. Our ticket out was education, friendships and the love we had for each other. Baseball was an tool we used to open doors. Sure, some of us had problems and others didn't make it. However, most of us are college graduates, teachers, police officers, managers, major league baseball players, coaches, fathers, husbands and forever young. We are the 'Boys of Crenshaw High and story that continues unfold. Ours, is a story of a team from South Los Angeles that used baseball and education to make many dreams come true.