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One Shot at Forever - A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season

Chris Ballard

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Genres:

History

Description:

In 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mike Chamberlain

Length:

8h 11m


Chapters

Free Sample

02:25

Introduction
Introduction

04:20


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

35:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:42


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

23:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

19:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

25:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

28:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

39:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

11:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

28:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

34:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

25:07