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Playing With the Enemy - A Baseball Prodigy, a World at War, and a Field of Broken Dreams

Gary Moore

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Description:

In 1940, at just 15 years old, small-town baseball star Gene Moore was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers, who saw in him the potential to become one of the great catchers of all time. Before that could happen, though, WWII intervened. Gene's story, a surprising paean to the power and humanity of a game, is told here by his son, a first-time author who exhibits the confidence and pacing of a pro. His gripping material certainly helps: after several years overseas in the Navy's touring baseball team, Gene was brought back to Louisiana and assigned to guard secret German POWs, whose U-boat was captured just days before the storming of Normandy. There, Gene teaches his German captives how to play baseball, with a number of unintended and life-altering consequences. When Gene's finally able to return home to Sesser, Ill., he's "on crutches, depressed and embarrassed," holing up in the local bar and prompting one bartender to lament, "he's become one of us, when we were hoping he would make us like him." Gene's journey from promise to despair and back again, set against a long war and an even longer post-war recovery, retains every bit of its vitality and relevance, a 20th-century epic that demonstrates how, sometimes, letting go of a dream is the only way to discover one's great fortune.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Toby Moore

Length:

9h 25m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

10:53


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

19:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

31:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

21:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:19


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

11:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

19:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:26


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

12:23


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:29


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

11:34


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

14:20


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

16:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:13


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

15:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:31


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:31


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

00:36