By Thomas Oliphant
"Tom Oliphant has created a small masterpiece."
--Doris Kearns Goodwin, writer of the bestselling Wait until eventually subsequent Year
Praying for Gil Hodges is outfitted round an in depth reconstruction of the 7th online game of the 1955 international sequence, while the Brooklyn Dodgers received the area championship of baseball.
Thomas Oliphant creates a continuing melodrama that exhibits this ultimate video game in its precise glory. As we go through the sport, he builds a awesome background of the Dodgers' prestige as a countrywide workforce, in line with their fabled heritage of near-triumphs and mess ups that made them vintage underdogs.
He weaves into this really good recounting a profitable memoir of his personal family's tale and their time jointly on that fateful online game Seven day, exciting a nine-year-old boy in a loving, suffering family members for whom the Dodgers have been a unprecedented resource of the fun and logos that convey households jointly via difficult times.
Written with energy and readability, this can be a tremendous paintings that captures the majesty of baseball, the problem of race in the US, and the affection that one younger boy, his mom and dad, and the borough of Brooklyn had for his or her workforce.
"In Praying for Gil Hodges, Tom Oliphant has created a small masterpiece---a best suited sport of existence within the Fifties, a poignant tribute to his mom and dad, and a wonderful tale in regards to the important position the Brooklyn Dodgers performed within the lives of his and numerous different households. relocating without problems from an adult's viewpoint to a kid's recollection, moving seamlessly among the current and the earlier, he captures the reader's curiosity at each step alongside the best way. i discovered myself fortunately transported again in time, following a warm-hearted younger boy as he comes of age in a memorable era."
---Doris Kearns Goodwin, writer of the bestselling Wait until eventually subsequent Year
"Tom Oliphant is one in all our so much lyrical writers and he has written a love story---about his mom and dad, approximately baseball, and so much of all concerning the American values that formed their lives."
---Bob Schieffer, Face the Nation
"The tale builds to a stunning and relocating solution, proving that the real heart of this booklet isn't the 7th video game of the area sequence. the guts of the tale is the affection of a kin for a spot, a baseball group, yet commonly for every other."
---The Boston Globe
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Because I was interested in the depth above all, it was vital to talk to the pitchers. The thrill of actually spending a day with the person who dominated Game Seven and gave me the happiest moment of my life up to the age of ten is indescribable. My gratitude to Johnny Podres knows no bounds. But an unexpected delight was another day spent with his opponent that day for the Yankees, Tommy Byrne. Witty and gracious, he was the perfect bookend for Podres. I am also grateful to players like George “Shotgun” Shuba, who played critical roles in the game’s still unbelievable sixth inning, for sharing memories of their brief moments on that stage.
On that climactic day, the image of Yankee Stadium was hardly reassuring. The Dodgers had played sixteen World Series games there to that point and had only won five of them. The World Series followed a much different routine in the days before television completely changed it. Into the early 1970s, the games were all played during the daytime, while most of America was at work or at school. People who were interested did their best to keep up, stopping in front of an electronics store to catch half an inning through the window, having a radio and an obliging boss or teacher; indeed, part of the fun of the World Series for ordinary people involved the logistics of simply following the games.
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