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One Shot at Forever

A Small Town, An Unlikely Coach, and A Magical Baseball Season
Ballard, Chris (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
One Shot at Forever
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In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hats defied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a field of 370 teams to become the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final, a distinction that still stands. There, sporting long hair, and warming up to Jesus Christ Superstar, the Ironmen would play a dramatic game against a Chicago powerhouse that would change their lives forever.
Authors: Ballard, Chris
Title: One shot at forever
a small town, an unlikely coach, and a magical baseball season
Published: New York : Hyperion, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: viii, 254 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Summary: In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hats defied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a field of 370 teams to become the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final, a distinction that still stands. There, sporting long hair, and warming up to Jesus Christ Superstar, the Ironmen would play a dramatic game against a Chicago powerhouse that would change their lives forever.
Local Note: 1 2 4
ISBN: 9781401324384
140132438X
Branch Call Number: 796.3576 BAL
Statement of Responsibility: Chris Ballard
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject Headings: Baseball Illinois Macon History. High school athletes Illinois Macon History. Macon (Ill.) Social life and customs.
Topical Term: Baseball
High school athletes
LCCN: 2011042752
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May 20, 2013
  • JCLHelenH rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I'm not a natural baseball fan, yet found this story engaging. The baseball jargon didn't interfere with the story at all.

Jun 15, 2012
  • Hangerman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderfully written book. It was like reading a novel and not a work of nonfiction. Many nonfiction books contain one anecdote after another. This story flows and is thoroughly enjoyable.

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