After the violent conclusion to last season, the young pitching ace Mickey Tussler swore he would never play baseball again. In Sophmore Campaign, the sequel to The Legend of Mickey Tussler, Mickey's manager and now surrogate father convinces the boy to suit up once more. With veteran narrator Jeremy Arthur bringing the story to life, the young, autistic Tussler must once again command the diamond. Unfortunately for Tussler, the violent and ugly side of human nature is very much still in his path.
“A curiously poignant baseball tale of adversity and intolerance, compassion and hope, that elevates autism fiction to fantastic heights.” - Darryl Strawberry
It’s 1949 and 18-year-old pitching phenom Mickey Tussler is back with the rejuvenated minor league Brewers in the sequel to The Legend of Mickey Tussler (the basis for the television movie A Mile in His Shoes). Despite Mickey’s proclamation that he will never play baseball again after last season’s violent conclusion, his manager - and now surrogate father - Arthur Murphy cajoles the emotionally fragile, socially awkward boy with autism into giving it another shot. Mickey reluctantly returns to the field and must once again cope with the violence and hatred around him. When a young African American player joins the team, the entire team is subjected to racial threats and episodes of violence, one of which Mickey witnesses firsthand. Struggling to understand such ugliness and hatred, and fearful of reprisal should he tell anyone about what he has seen, the boy’s performance on the field suffers. Mickey now must deal with a side of human nature he scarcely comprehends.
I loved the book and it's predecessor!!
I guess I am a girly girl because I didn't know anything about baseball to speak of. I learned so much of the terminology and the mental strategies of the game. A can of corn... The yellow hammer... Fall off the table... Etc. FAAAAAAANTASTIC!!!