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The Baseball Whisperer Audiobook

The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams

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Clarinda, Iowa, population 5,000, sits two hours from anything. There, between the cornfields and hog yards, is a ball field with a bronze bust of a man named Merl Eberly, a baseball whisperer who specialized in second chances and lost causes. The statue was a gift from one of Merl's original long-shot projects, a skinny kid from the ghetto in Los Angeles who would one day become a beloved Hall of Fame shortstop: Ozzie Smith.

The Baseball Whisperer traces the remarkable story of Merl Eberly and his Clarinda A's baseball team, which he tended over the course of five decades, transforming them from a town team to a collegiate summer league powerhouse. Along with Ozzie Smith, future manager Bud Black, and star player Von Hayes, Merl developed scores of major league players (six of who are currently playing). In the process Merl taught them to be men, insisting on hard work, integrity, and responsibility.

More than a book about ballplayers who landed in the nation's agricultural heartland, The Baseball Whisperer is the story of a coach who puts character and dedication first and reminds us of the best, purest form of baseball excellence.

©2016 Michael Tackett (P)2016 Highbridge, a division of Recorded Books

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    The Goph 07-26-16
    The Goph 07-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    I love baseball. I see every baseball related movie. I try to read every baseball related book. I was looking forward to reading/listening to this one. But I was disappointed. The story, the summer ball and the small town life, AND the coach, there is a lovely story here. But it should be more of a long article in SI or something similar. It was not a book. It was endlessly repetitive, trying to hammer the virtues of Clorinda again and again. I loved to hear about it the first time, and perhaps the second time, but again and again and again?! Numerous times the writer will point something out and then will quote someone saying the same thing. The reader are not dummies. If we heard the quote, we would understand the point. I loved many of the characters, and they were used to illustrate points. But the writer would always repeat those points again and again. It could have been better!

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    Jim 07-26-16
    Jim 07-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Must Read for Real Baseball Fans"

    Awesome true story,and very well written.Truly inspirational and informative. I must now visit Eberly Field before I die.
    I really am glad I read this important baseball story!

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