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By Randall Shelden

ISBN-10: 1520489404

ISBN-13: 9781520489407

Rick Stevens was once a shy and introverted baby until eventually he picked up a baseball. He quickly found that he had expertise as a glass yet suffered from nerves and rigidity. He pitched perfectly from a pitching mound his dad inbuilt their yard, but if he used to be pitching in entrance of his friends he was once so worried and under pressure that he may possibly by no means practice as much as his strength. He had occasional flashes of brilliance – pitching no-hitters in summer season and wintry weather leagues - yet gave up after a mediocre 12 months in collage and joined the Naval Reserves. whereas in boot camp and a coaching college in San Diego he met a catcher named Tom Powell who had suffered many accidents and, like Rick, had dropped out of faculty to affix the military. They have been either despatched to the military Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to start their energetic accountability. The yr was once 1965.
Tom signed as much as play at the army baseball staff in Pearl Harbor and confident Rick to offer it a test. With assistance from Laura Wallace, a army nurse at the base, Rick all started taking meditation sessions. quickly he discovered to regulate his tension point and to chill whereas pitching. His luck at the diamond got here immediately, as did Tom’s. a long-lasting friendship developed.
Rick and Laura fell in love. yet there has been whatever she didn't inform him and whilst she did it virtually derailed Rick’s hopes and desires approximately baseball.
While pitching with the military, he met former significant league pitcher Clyde Shoun who helped Rick develop into even greater. sooner than Shoun was once in a position to touch scouts he knew at the mainland, he died. Rick used to be by no means spotted till he attempted out with an self sustaining minor league crew in Santa Barbara almost immediately after his energetic accountability interval ended. He started to event good fortune and finally used to be spotted by means of a scout with the la Dodgers and signed a freelance.
An inconceivable upward push is greater than a baseball tale and the inevitable struggles to make it to the main leagues. it's also a love tale with its personal struggles. it's a tale in regards to the friendships that advance in baseball that final a life-time. it's a tale approximately our favourite hobby.

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