FARMIGVILLE, N.Y. (PRWEB) December 15, 2011
At the onset of the 1951 baseball season, the New York Yankees were the defending Major League Champions after having captured their second straight title. They were led by their future Hall of Fame center fielder, Joe DiMaggio, “the Yankee Clipper.” Although in his final year, DiMaggio’s departure was not expected to leave a tremendous void for the Yankee centerfield post as long as an astounding rookie, Mickey Charles Mantle, could initially play right field and learn from the legend before moving on to assume his position. In Brooklyn, the Dodgers had a budding superstar in center field, Duke Snider: while soon to emerge on the center field stage in upper Manhattan for the Giants was Willie Mays. The three played simultaneously in New York through the 1957 season.
In the fall of 1957, three 13-year-old friends have commenced their final year at St. Joan of Arc Grammar School in Queens. Each of them is an avid baseball fan. Joey, the Brooklyn Dodger enthusiast, thinks that Duke Snider walks on water; Bob lives to wield a stickball bat and exclaim, “And now batting for the Giants, the Say Hey Kid, Willie Mays”; and Lou has come to idolize Mickey Mantle after being ingrained with the Yankee pinstripe lore since his sixth birthday. Brandishing their love for the sport, they decide to use it as the subject for a book report and write about their three favorite players. But will the three of them be able to complete the assignment without constantly fighting about who should earn the title of best centerfielder in New York? Readers will find out while revisiting the glory of 1950’s baseball in “8” Center Field in NY 1951 – 1957.
The author, Lou Saulino, cleverly combines baseball parlance, game statistics, historical tidbits and humor to come up with a read that will enthrall fans of baseball and others who enjoy a trek into history. “8” will prove to be an informative and fascinating ride.
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About the Author
Lou Saulino is a widower, has two grown sons, and is a sports enthusiast. He embarked in writing after a 40 year career as a civil engineer. Lou is also the author of a sports fiction novel, Athlete For Hire.
“8” * by Louis Saulino
Center Field in New York, 1951–1957
Publication Date: December 12, 2011
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