The Forever Boys: A Second Chance to Star Again

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6x9" 416pp pbk. pub 10/30/14. Peter Golenbock's genius in getting at the essence of the men he writes about has never been more evident than in this inside look at the short-lived Senior Professional Baseball League.
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The Forever Boys is the funny, heartbreaking, authentic story of the men who played in the short-lived Senior Professional Baseball Association.

Peter Golenbock spent the season with the league champion St. Petersburg Pelicans. Like the league’s other seven teams, the Pelicans were a collection of former and near major leaguers – some desperate for a return to The Show, some in need of a pay check, all grateful for the joyous opportunity to suit up for another ballgame.

Golenbock’s genius in capturing the essence of the men he writes about has never been more evident. His pitch-perfect ear for dialog and anecdotes and deep understanding of the game take you right onto the bus, into the clubhouse, and side-by-side with the ballplayers. Full of triumphs and failures, hopes and memories, one-liners and muscle pulls, The Forever Boys is a priceless time capsule of 1970s and 80s baseball.

Featuring Dock Ellis, Bobby Tolan, Steve Kemp, Lenny Randle, John Matlack, Ron LeFlore, Bill Lee, Ferguson Jenkins, Rollie Fingers, Tim Stoddard, Dick Williams, Earl Weaver, Bert Campaneris, George Foster, Mickey Rivers, Sammy Stewart, Milt Wilcox, Randy Lerch, Billy Martin, Tom Seaver, Reggie Jackson, Joe Sambito, Dave Kingman, Toby Harrah, Roy Howell, Ron Washington, Ken Landreaux, Dick Bosman, Sparky Anderson, Steve Henderson, Amos Otis, Graig Nettles, Al Oliver, and many more.

Author to Reader

1. Beginnings

2. The Skipper

3. Manhattan Dock

4. What Made Sammy Run

5. Hurts and Indignities

6. Ronnie Rebels

7. Trade Blues

8. The Roller Coaster

9. Bitching and Moaning

10. The Case of the Haunted Hurler

11. The Color of Money

12. The Latin Beat

13. Mr. Normal

14. Staying the Course

15. I Am Family

16. Target

17. Kangaroo Court

18. The Chief Judge

19. The Man Who Loved God

20. Too Smart for the Game

21. Mental Mistakes

22. Kemp Goes to Disney World

23. Tolan Is Teed Off

24. The Treadmill

25. Culture Shock

26. Tex

27. Dock Ellis's Courage

28. Downs and Ups

29. The Victims

30. The Ace

31. Down to the Wire

32. The Pelicans Win the Pennant

33. Bossie Wins One

34. The Championship

Epilogue

Index

 

 

 

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