By Chris Ballard
"One Shot at Forever is robust, inspirational. . . . This isn't basically a booklet approximately baseball. It's a publication approximately heart."
—Jeff Pearlman, New York Times bestselling writer of Boys should be Boys and The undesirable men Won
In 1971, a small-town highschool baseball staff from rural Illinois, fidgeting with hand-me-down uniforms and peace indicators on their hats, defied conference and the chances. Led through an English instructor without training event, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a box of 370 groups to symbolize the smallest tuition in Illinois historical past to make the nation ultimate, a contrast that also stands. There the Ironmen could play opposed to a Chicago powerhouse in a dramatic online game that may swap their lives forever.
In this gripping, cinematic narrative, Chris Ballard tells the tale of the workforce and its trainer, Lynn candy: a hippie, dreamer, and highbrow who arrived in Macon in 1966, bringing innovative principles to a city caught within the Eisenhower period. cherished through scholars yet now not management, candy reluctantly took over the ragtag staff, motive on instructing the men as a lot approximately existence as baseball. jointly they launched into an incredible postseason run that buoyed a small city in determined want of anything to have fun.
Engaging and poignant, One Shot at Forever is a testomony to the facility of highschool activities to form the lives of these who play them, and it reminds us that there are few bonds extra sacred than that between a trainer, a workforce, and a town.
"Macon's run on the name reminds us why activities subject and why sportswriting has such nice energy to encourage. . . . [It's] one hell of a very good tale, and Ballard has written one hell of a superb book." —Jonathan Eig, Chicago Tribune
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