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Stealing First

Drew Golden

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ISBN 10: 1937952142 / ISBN 13: 9781937952143
Published by Legacy Book Publishing, 2012
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Stealing First

Publisher: Legacy Book Publishing

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Perfect Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Emotions run high in any competitive sport but by the late fifties, ten years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball s race barrier, integration still wasn't part of the lineup in small-town southern games. Stealing First, based on a true story, has been adapted to become an award-winning screenplay. Ronnie LeBlanc dreams of playing professional baseball, but his dream has two strikes against it his own win-at-all-costs attitude and small-town politicians who want to see his team, the Nina Redbirds, lose the championship. And if the town fathers can t stop the Redbirds from winning on the field, they won't hesitate to ruin the LeBlanc family financially. Ronnie s dream will end in a shutout unless...

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The Nina Redbirds battle Breaux Bridge's Bayou Braves for the regional American Legion Baseball Championship and Ronnie LeBlanc, the Redbirds' talented pitcher, believes that winning the regional title is his ticket out of a dead-end job at the local sugar mill.
Saddled by race bias, shabby equipment, and Ronnie's win-at-all-cost attitude, the Redbirds suffer a series of losses - and Ronnie sees his chance at the big leagues evaporating. When the team's coach quits, the only one willing to take the job is a former Negro League pitcher who faces being the only African-American in a still-segregated game.
Beaten twice in the week prior to the championship by the ham-fisted Bayou Braves, Ronnie begins to suspect external forces are the cause of his team's unlucky streak. As he digs for answers, he stumbles upon a secret: Bo Brasseux, the town's bigoted banker, is scheming to kill the Redbirds' new coach, throw the championship game, and ruin Ronnie's family financially.
A scout for the Chicago Cubs, impressed by Ronnie's talent, could be the answer, but will being tapped by the Cubs be enough to thwart Brasseux's despicable plans against the coach and Ronnie's family?
Ronnie's dream has two strikes against it; his own win-at-all-costs attitude and the biased town fathers who want his team to lose. And when bad luck and bad sportsmanship join forces in the championship game, Ronnie sees his dream ending in a shutout, unless...

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