The baseball season of 1951 doesn't arrive soon enough for young Jimmy Fletcher, and the perfect refuge for this 10-yearold boy during that enchanted summer in the fictional town of Marshfield is transformed into The Original Edison Field. That's where his dream of playing for the New York Yankees takes root. Unexpectedly, his quest ends all too soon.
Years later, he becomes a successful journalist in a small town, but his life is unfulfilled. Then, a magical moment occurs: The daughter he never saw grow up reappears in his life. She has holes in her heart that need to be filled, just as Jimmy does. The improbable circumstances soon take another unexpected twist. He rediscovers his ability to pitch and an unlikely fantasy comes true.
Moments before the final game of the 1993 season, Jimmy and his daughter run into a legendary player who instantly takes Jimmy back to 1951.
This book brings into dramatic relief the dilemma, or devil's bargain, that faced the black press in first building up black baseball, then crusading for the sport's integration and, as a result of that largely successful campaign, ultimately encouraging and even ensuring the demise of those same black leagues. Taking a thematic approach, this book focuses each of its chapters on a singular event or phenomenon from and for each decade of the period covered, a period that spans the roughly four decades of the black leagues' existence. Thus, the book drills down on a handful of representative events and phenomena to present a history of the black press and black baseball. Themes include the many ways team owners and the weekly newspapers' editors and writers worked in concert to build up the leagues, the paired fortunes of black players and black writers, the desperation to save the Negro leagues when it became clear integration threatened their survival, and finally the black press's response to the residues of baseball's decades of segregation.
"As a Man Thinketh" is a literary essay by James Allen, published in 1903. It was described by Allen as "... dealing with the power of thought, and particularly with the use and application of thought to happy and beautiful issues. Allen has tried to make the book simple, so that all can easily grasp and follow its teaching, and put into practice the methods which it advises. It shows how, in his own thoughtoworld, each man holds the key to every condition, good or bad, that enters into his life, and that, by working patiently and intelligently upon his thoughts, he may remake his life, and transform his circumstances. It was also described by Allen as "A book that will help you to help yourself", "A pocket companion for thoughtful people", and "A book on the power and right application of thought.
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