Heart of the Game

Heart of the Game : Life, Death, and Mercy in Minor League America

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From the author of "Pitching Around Fidel" and "Far Afield" comes an account of the accidental death of minor league first base coach Mike Coolbaugh, illustrating the many ways in which baseball still has a hold on America. "Heart of the Game" centers on the death of Mike Coolbaugh, a minor league coach who was killed on a sweltering Sunday evening in Little Rock in July 2007 when a foul ball rocketed off Tino Sanchez's bat. Coolbaugh died almost instantly, his body carted off the field of the Double-A Arkansas Travelers. He was thirty-five years old and the father of two; a third child was on the way. Mike's exemplary life--his devotion to the game and to his family--is the spine of the story. But it isn't the drama. The drama is in the telling of what can happen when a projectile hits the human body, of the narratives of the remarkable people who happened to be in the ballpark at that fatal moment, of the impact of Coolbaugh's death on the man who hit the ball, and of all the lives left behind. Price reveals anew that classic heart of Americana--small-town sports, small-town lives--and makes us understand that a game played away from the mindless churn of Internet blather and highlight shows can be more important than those played on the national stage.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 476.27g
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0061671304
  • 9780061671302
  • 2,123,935

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S.L. Price has become a powerful force in giving readers a front-row seat to the spectacular. Through his unique gifts of observation and prose, the veteran journalist has painted compelling portraits of the special people, places and moments that define the games we play and watch. --San Antonio Express-News
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