Euchner Little League, Big Dreams

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Little League, Big Dreams

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Little League baseball has come a long way. Organized into leagues and tournaments, today it’s big business, a global entity in over a hundred countries. And every year in modest Williamsport, Pennsylvania, it all comes down to 16 teams of kids eying the ultimate prize: the Little League World Series.

The 2005 World Series featured Little League's greatest ending on its biggest stage. Now seen in over five million homes, the thrilling final game of the Series was the most dramatic in the fifty-eight year history of the Little League. With full access to the players, coaches and parents associated with both teams who played in that game, Charles Euchner delivers an astonishing and dramatic narrative that delves into every aspect of the teams involved: from training, coaching and parenting stressed out kids to politics, controversy and the ever expanding role of corporations.

Welcome to the hype, the hope and the soul of youth baseball.

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?“Even those with only a passing interest in baseball will be intrigued by this fascinating look at Little League, ‘the largest amateur sports organization in the world.’”

?Little League is both good and bad, richly rewarding and exploitive, a special little cocoon and a harsh microscope, fun for fun’s sake and a corporate hustle, a place of new friendships and a time of wrenching homesickness, an opportunity to learn a great game and a place where coaches often teach the wrong lessons.

But whatever else you say about the Little League World Series, remember this: it’s probably the hardest tournament anywhere to win.
-From Little League, Big Dreams

Praise for Charles Euchner’s The Last Nine Innings

“The Last Nine Innings is entertaining, engaging and enlightening. You’ll never watch a baseball game the same way.”
-Andrew Zimbalist, Author of Baseball and Billions, May the Best Team Win and National Pastime: How Americans Play Baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer

“The Last Nine Innings is the last word on the inside game of baseball.”
-Frank Deford

“It’s an interesting read, rich in thought-provoking detail and context, in the manner of Malcolm Gladwell. He deftly pulls off a difficult double play: educating the serious fan while entertaining the casual one.”
-Tom Verducci, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated

“This is a different book, in a very good way.”
-Howard Bryant, Washington Post, and Author of Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball

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?From humble beginnings in 1939, Little League baseball has come a long way. Organized into leagues and tournaments, today it’s big business, a global entity in over a hundred countries, with each team of kids eyeing the ultimate prize: the Little League World Series, held every year in modest Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The 2005 World Series featured Little League’s greatest ending on its biggest stage. Now seen in over five million homes, the thrilling final game of the series was one for the ages.

Charles Euchner, author of the widely acclaimed The Last Nine Innings, goes behind the scenes with the teams of the 2005 series, taking us on an astonishing journey inside the world of youth sports, a world we all think we know, a pastime we call “America’s.”
Through the eyes of its amazing characters-precocious players, stressed-out parents from all corners of the globe, huge corporations seeking the spotlight and coaches who will do just about anything to win-you’ll learn how the Little League is both ordinary and strange, for children and for adults, and ultimately how everything changes when you are chasing championship dreams.
?Charles Euchner is the author and editor of seven books, a former college professor, city planner and journalist. His books include Playing the Field: Why Sports Teams Move and Cities Fight to Keep Them and his most recent work, the highly acclaimed The Last Nine Innings, which was an account of the 2001 World Series.

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