In Downtown, Hamill leads us on an unforgettable journey through the city he loves, from the island's southern tip to 42nd Street, combining a moving memoir of his days and nights in New York with a passionate history of its most enduring places and people.
"Watch this little guy," Pete Hamill's dad tells him. The little guy is Eddie Stanky, an ex-soccer player who bounced around the minor leagues until getting a call to the majors. It's 1944, and a young Pete Hamill is with his father watching the Brooklyn Dodgers play the Boston Braves. Hamill's memories of that game and his dad make an appealing story for baseball fans and anyone who has rooted for the underdog.