Sunday, December 22, 2013
One Shot at Forever: a Small TOwn, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season
Chris Ballard can tell a story. In fact, I'm eager to see what's coming next from him. This book reminded me of David Finkel--I became vested in the characters and the story--I wanted to hear how the tale ended. So many novelists have this problem, so I'm amazed when I get good storytelling from nonfiction authors.
How did a peace-loving hairy young English teacher turn out to be a respected coach in a small rural town? How did a team that couldn't afford matching uniforms beat one of the best Chicago baseball teams in a championship series that didn't include the class system yet?
Give this to sports fans, but also give it to fans of good nonfiction. It's much more than a baseball book--great ideas about teaching, coaching, parenting, and growing up big minded in a small town.