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    DescriptionIn 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 three hundred and seventy 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. In a gripping, cinematic narrative, Sports Illustrated writer Chris Ballard tells the story of the team and its coach, Lynn Sweet, a hippie, dreamer and intellectual who arrived in Macon in 1966, bringing progressive ideas to a town stuck in the Eisenhower era. Beloved by students but not administration, Sweet reluctantly took over a rag-tag team, intent on teaching the boys as much about life as baseball. Inspired by Sweet's unconventional methods and led by fiery star Steve Shartzer and spindly curveball artist John Heneberry, the undersized, undermanned Macon Ironmen embarked on an improbable postseason run that infuriated rival coaches and buoyed an entire town. Beginning with Sweet's arrival, Ballard takes listeners on a journey back to the Ironmen's historic season and then on to the present day, returning to the 1971 Ironmen to explore the effect the game had on their lives' trajectories--and the men they've become because of it. Engaging and poignant, One Shot at Forever is a testament to the power of high school sports to shape the lives of those who play them, and it reminds us that there are few bonds more sacred than those among a coach, a team, and a town.

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    One Shot at Forever
    A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chris Ballard, Narrator Mike Chamberlain
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 137 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 79 g
    ISBN 13: 9781452610290
    ISBN 10: 1452610290

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SPO
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 760
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: WSD
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    BISAC V2.8: SPO000000
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    BIC subject category V2: WSJT
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1970
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: C5
    Ingram Theme: GEOG/ILLINO
    BISAC V2.8: SPO003030
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55590
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036090
    DC22: 796.35762097, 796.357/6209773582
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    DC23: 796.35762097
    LC classification: GV863.I32 M333 2012C
    Edition statement
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    28 September 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Chris Ballard, the author of "The Art of a Beautiful Game," "The Butterfly Hunter," and "Hoops Nation," is a senior writer at "Sports Illustrated." Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer, as well as an "AudioFile" Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator. Along with animation and video game characters, Mike performs narration and voices promos for television.
    Review quote
    "Ballard writes very well and avoids the usual pitfalls of the inspirational story, the cloying platitudes and rah-rah nonsense. These kids were simply good ballplayers coached by a guy with an open mind, a lot of common sense, and a zest for fun." ---Booklist