• Molina

  • The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty
  • By: Bengie Molina, Joan Ryan
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (88 ratings)

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Molina

By: Bengie Molina,Joan Ryan
Narrated by: Henry Leyva
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Publisher's Summary

A baseball rules book. A tape measure. A lottery ticket. These were in the pocket of Bengie Molina's father when he died of a heart attack on the rutted Little League field in his Puerto Rican barrio. The items serve as thematic guideposts in Molina's beautiful memoir about his father, who, through baseball, taught his three sons about loyalty, humility, courage, and the true meaning of success.

Bengie and his two brothers - Jose and six-time All-Star Yadier - became famous catchers in the Major Leagues and have six World Series championships between them. Only the DiMaggio brothers can rival the Molinas as the most accomplished siblings in baseball history. Bengie was the least likely to reach the majors. He was too slow, too sensitive, and too small. But craving his beloved father's respect, Bengie weathered failure after deflating failure until one day he was hoisting a World Series trophy in a champagne-soaked clubhouse. All along he thought he was fulfilling his father's own failed dream of baseball glory - only to discover it had not been his father's dream at all.

Written with the emotional power of sports classics such as Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights, Molina is a love story between a formidable but flawed father and a son who, in unearthing answers about his father's life, comes to understand his own.

©2015 Bengie Molina. Recorded by arrangement with Simon & Schuster, Inc. (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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A book about life

I chose this book because I am a baseball fan and always respected Molina's work on the field. The book is much more than baseball, it is a reference guide on how everyone should strive to live their life. I would recommend it to anyone, even if you don't like baseball.

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All out - All the time.

THIS is an amazing book!
And some of it was hard listening toward the beginning - the parenting culture shook me a bit. But the reverent Clemente Clemente Clemente speak was cheerful enough to still have me now randomly saying “Clemente” out loud around the house.
What comes around in this family is beautiful. The journey and the story told are beautiful. This is truly about life. So many live baseball lives and have been the foundation of what we eventually see on the field, at the yard or on our screens, yet have never seen the show for themselves. But if any of these unknown mentors hadn’t been around, so many would’ve missed out. Yadi said it best “it’s a God thing”.

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Loved it!

Amazing story about family and baseball. Beautifully written. I love Bengie even more now. Much respect.

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Wow ❤️❤️❤️beautiful book

Loved this book. It was such a good listen . The Molina family is such a beautiful family . Their father was what every father should aspire to be. A mentor who teaches core values . Gives roots then wings to his children . No wonder there was so much success in that family

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An Absolute Must

This is such an amazing book. If you think it’s only about baseball, you’re not paying attention. I’ve always loved the Molina brothers. Now I know it’s because of their father.

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Great Story!

Wow! This book kept my attention from beginning to end. Laughter, Surprises, Tears and "Are you kidding me?!" moments. Oh man, you just gotta listen to this one. It touched me, like a winning run approaching home plate. #WalkOff

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What a family!

I’m a huge St Louis Cardinals fan so I was interested in knowing more about Yadi’s family. This was a wonderful book about family and a dream and hard work. About how 3 brothers made it to the big leagues ! Loved it!

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If your a Baseball fan!

I really enjoyed this story. Finished it in a week. If your from Puerto Rico or just a Baseball fan I really recommend this book!!

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Great book

Great read for Baseball enthusiasts and people who love the game. The book relates to life and bust becoming men

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Amazing book

One of the best books I listen to in the whole world. The book is like the back story of a Baseball dainisty.