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From the only baseball replay fictionalizer around comes two unique stories for the price of one: DEAR HANK: A powerful, unusual account of the 1938 season, told through a series of pen pal letters between Tigers slugger Hank Greenberg and a young Jewish baseball fan living in Austria—on the eve of the Nazi invasion. With Hank threatening to break Babe Ruth's record of 60 season home runs set eleven years ago, he has to juggle his on-field exploits with a frightening drama unfolding on the other side of the world. THE BRAGGING RIGHTS LEAGUE: In a racially reversed 1941, a team of all-white stars has to “prove they belong” in the highly competitive all-black major leagues. The Newark Ellingtons and Birmingham Armstrongs are the teams to beat, and President Langston Hughes has a special prize in the cards. Narrated by outfielder Jeff Heath of the Chicago Dorseys, the heated six-team league tests everyone skills, patience, and tolerance, in a topsy-turvy culture where marijuana is legal, chess playing is for lowlifes, and Heath's relationship with Blossom Pickering, daughter of the Alabama governor, is strictly forbidden. With columnist Jupe Dobbs providing the colorful game accounts, it's a fun ride through a time that never was but somehow could have been.
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Jeff Polman is a journalist, produced screenwriter, and baseball blogger. In addition to being Arts Editor of the Vermont Vanguard Press its first five years, he has written for the Advocate newspapers, Boston Phoenix, Huffington Post, Baseball Prospectus, Hardball Times, Seamheads, Chicagoside Sports, ESPN’s SweetSpot Network, and other Web sites. "Twinbill" was adapted from the last two of his five fictional replay blogs, which also include 1924 and You Are There!, Play That Funky Baseball (Ball Nuts in book form),and Mystery Ball '58. He is a lifelong Red Sox fan and resides in Culver City, CA.Review:
"Jeff Polman is better than ever with Twinbill, a pair of novellas that brings the American past to electrifying life by shaking it up just a little, like dice. The results are two brilliant, profound forays into history that bubble over with irresistible life, offering illuminating sketches of largely forgotten talents such as Phil Weintraub and Superman Pennington; satisfyingly specific, human glimpses of legends such as Oscar Charleston and Babe Ruth; and, above all, a poignant, barreling tale of heroism and loss centered by arguably Polman's greatest narrator yet, a fellow named Hank Greenberg."--Josh Wilker, author of Cardboard Gods & Benchwarmer
"Twinbill blends serious history with serious fun, telling a pair of compelling stories through the lens of pre-war baseball. Polman's vivid imagination and intricately detailed season re-creations make this a must read."--Joe Sheehan of Sports Illustrated
"Jeff Polman brings a uniquely witty and pleasingly warped perspective to the often painfully dry world of baseball fiction. His books are a blast to read -- and you might actually learn something from them, too."--Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass & Stars and Strikes
"If there's a more clever writer working in historical baseball fiction today, I haven't met him. In Twinbill, author Jeff Polman once again establishes himself as the standard bearer, with two quintessentially American tales, wrapping baseball and social justice into stories which still resonate today." --Scott Simkus, author of Outsider Baseball: the Weird World of Baseball on the Fringe
"Jeff Polman gives us a double helping of his always entertaining, time traveling Strat-o-Matic fictions. Where his past novels have been pure fun, with 'Dear Hank' we also have a new poignancy, as the successes (and struggles) of Tiger great Hank Greenberg are presented against the backdrop of the rise of Nazi Germany. Bringing in game accounts, batting averages, and Polman's deft prose, Twinbill is a great read for fans of baseball, history, and just plain good writing." --Peter J. Schilling, author of The End of Baseball
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Book Description Grassy Gutter Press, 2016. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0692610707