The Mayor That Roared -- Sesser (Southern Illinois) Mayor Challenges New York City's Mayor Bloomberg to a "Book Duel"

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In the spirit of Leonard Wibberley's 1959 novel The Mouse That Roared, Mayor Ned Mitchell of Sesser, Illinois, has declared "literary war" against Mayor Michael Bloomberg and The Big Apple. Mitchell, the mayor of the small Midwestern town featured in Gary Moore's recently released award-winning Playing with the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, a World at War, and a Field of Broken Dreams, has challenged the New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the equivalent of literary dueling pistols at 20 paces. In Bloomberg's corner is New York's own hometown baseball story, The Echoing Green by Joshua Prager.

Sesser, Illinois Mayor Ned Mitchell has challenged New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to a fair review of each city's hometown baseball book "to let the people of America decide which is better."

If Mayor Bloomberg encourages the New York media to fairly review Playing with the Enemy, Mayor Mitchell will see that The Echoing Green gets a fair and honest review from The Southern Illinoisan newspaper, headquartered in Carbondale, Illinois.

In a letter to Mayor Bloomberg Monday, Mayor Mitchell explained the similarities and differences between each city's favorite baseball story. The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca and the Shot Heard Round the World, one of the top selling baseball books in the nation, is the story of the 1951 playoff game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. It is a widely reviewed book published by Pantheon, a division of Random House, the largest publisher in the world. Author Joshua Prager lives in New York City and writes for The Wall Street Journal.

Gary Moore's Playing with the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, a World at War, and a Field of Broken Dreams details Sesser-resident Gene Moore's life as a 15-year-old baseball prodigy and his brush with destiny (and the same Brooklyn Dodgers) when WWII sent his life careening in a different direction. Gene Moore was the author's father. Despite rave reviews from readers and a deluge of email, snail mail and phone calls to its author, Playing with the Enemy has not received a New York media review. Playing with the Enemy was published by Savas Beatie LLC, a small independent press with an international following. Author Gary W. Moore, Gene's son, lives in Illinois. Playing with the Enemy is his first book. Gerald Molen (Schindler's List [Oscar], Minority Report, Jurassic Park) acquired movie rights. Filming is set for mid-2007.

Moore is pleased that the Sesser mayor has initiated this challenge to Mayor Bloomberg. "My Dad, Gene Moore, grew up in Sesser. His life was shaped and molded by the people and values of this wonderful little town. To see the Mayor and the great people of Sesser rising up to challenge the Mayor of New York City on behalf of Playing with the Enemy is an honor," Moore says. "There's certainly nothing wrong with a little friendly competition and I firmly believe Playing with the Enemy is up to the challenge!"

Sesser Mayor Ned Mitchell eagerly awaits Mayor Bloomberg's response. "I trust the most powerful mayor in the world is not afraid of a little one-on-one and will welcome a duel of hometown baseball books," Mitchell says.

For additional information on Mayor Mitchell's open challenge, contact Sarah Keeney or visit

About Savas Beatie LLC:

Savas Beatie LLC is a leading military and general history publishing company.

About Playing with the Enemy author Gary Moore:

Gary W. Moore is the president and managing partner of Covenant Air & Water, LLC, a motivational speaker, and an accomplished musician. Gene Moore was his father. Gary lives in Bourbonnais, Illinois, south of Chicago.


Sarah Keeney, Marketing Director

Savas Beatie LLC

Phone: 408-892-1316

Fax: 916-941-6895


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