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    DescriptionLou Brissie's extraordinary story is one that takes readers from the terrifying battlefields in Europe in World War II to the playing fields in Philadelphia. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ira Berkow brings together the unforgettable memories of a hero's life, telling the tales of a man who overcame incredible odds with his leg in a protective metal case to realize his dream of pitching in the major leagues. Brissie recounts amazing stories, including Brissie's leg injury and how he was left for dead in the snow and mud of the Appenines in Italy, his pleading with doctors to not surgically remove his leg so that he might one day play professional baseball, the numerous surgeries and his improbable road to recovery, his friendship with Connie Mack and the opportunity to pitch after his injury, being named to the 1949 All-Star team as member of the Philadelphia Athletics, the big scare Brissie received when a Ted Williams line drive struck his wounded leg, and his regular visits for the past 60 years to both veteran's hospitals and children's hospital wards. "The Corporal Was a Pitcher" is a must-read not only for baseball fans, but also for anyone looking to find inspiration from a man who never quit despite the odds being stacked so highly against him.

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    The Corporal Was a Pitcher
    The Courage of Lou Brissie
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ira Berkow, Foreword by Tom Brokaw
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    ISBN 13: 9781600781049
    ISBN 10: 1600781047

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.4
    BIC subject category V2: BGSA
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    B&T General Subject: 760
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    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    DC21: 796.357092
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000
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    BISAC V2.8: SPO003000, SPO003030, HIS027120
    DC22: 796.357092
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    LC classification: GV865.B716 B47 2009
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    Illustrations note
    1-color; one 8-page 1-color photo insert
    Triumph Books (IL)
    Imprint name
    Triumph Books (IL)
    Publication date
    20 February 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Ira Berkow is a sports columnist and feature writer for the New York Times for more than 25 years. He won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for commentary in 1988. He is the author of 18 books, including the bestsellers Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar and Red: A Biography of Red Smith, as well as two memoirs, Full Swing and To the Hoop. Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life, cowritten and edited by Mr. Berkow, was a primary source for the award-winning documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. He lives in New York City. Tom Brokaw is a television journalist and the bestselling author of the book The Greatest Generation.