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 equipped round a close reconstruction of the 7th video game of the 1955 global sequence, whilst the Brooklyn Dodgers received the area championship of baseball.
Thomas Oliphant creates a constant melodrama that exhibits this ultimate online game in its actual glory. As we go through the sport, he builds a notable background of the Dodgers' prestige as a countrywide group, according to their fabled background of near-triumphs and failures that made them vintage underdogs.
He weaves into this very good recounting a profitable memoir of his personal family's tale and their time jointly on that fateful video 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 emblems that deliver households jointly via tricky times.
Written with energy and readability, it is a remarkable 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 fabulous game of lifestyles within the Fifties, a poignant tribute to his mom and dad, and a wonderful tale in regards to the principal function the Brooklyn Dodgers performed within the lives of his and numerous different households. relocating easily from an adult's point of view to a kid's recollection, transferring seamlessly among the current and the prior, he captures the reader's curiosity at each step alongside the way in which. 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 such a lot lyrical writers and he has written a love story---about his mom and dad, approximately baseball, and such a lot of all in regards to the American values that formed their lives."
---Bob Schieffer, Face the Nation

"The tale builds to a stunning and relocating answer, proving that the genuine heart of this e-book isn't the 7th video game of the area sequence. the center of the tale is the affection of a relations for a spot, a baseball workforce, yet generally for every other."
---The Boston Globe

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By 1955 I knew what to expect. It was normal for the Golden Era Dodgers to win a pennant; they were almost as dominant in the National League as the Yankees were in the American and had won five pennants in the nine years after Jackie Robinson joined them. The heart of the batting order (Snider, Hodges, Campanella, outfielder Carl Furillo, and Robinson) would hit its customary ton of home runs, Don Newcombe would win twenty games, Carl Erskine would win eleven, and the journeymen and newcomers of the year, backed by superb relief pitching from Clem Labine and Ed Roebuck, would get enough others to clinch the pennant early.

One thing you have to keep in mind is what happened that day can never happen again. There will be other great seventh games, already have been. Someday someone will pitch another perfect game in the Series, someone will make another unassisted triple play, someone will hit another home run to win it all in extra innings. But the Brooklyn Dodgers will never win another championship. They are gone. ” 2 Apartment 2503 It was a Tuesday. October 4, 1955, was a more than decent autumn day—on the warm side, mostly sunny, breezy but not windy.

He smiled. “One thing you have to keep in mind is what happened that day can never happen again. There will be other great seventh games, already have been. Someday someone will pitch another perfect game in the Series, someone will make another unassisted triple play, someone will hit another home run to win it all in extra innings. But the Brooklyn Dodgers will never win another championship. They are gone. ” 2 Apartment 2503 It was a Tuesday. October 4, 1955, was a more than decent autumn day—on the warm side, mostly sunny, breezy but not windy.

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