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Curve Ball (Wynwidyn Press, 2016)

Curve Ball is a novel about baseball in the 1950s and Tom Perry, who grew up in Brook Creek, Michigan, a few miles south of Charlevoix. An exceptional ballplayer in high school and at Michigan State, Tom signed with the Milwaukee Braves upon graduation from MSU in 1955. Working his way up through the Braves' system, he reached Milwaukee in mid-August 1957. There the hot bats of the slugging Perry and "Hurricane Bob" Hazle, his Triple-A teammate, helped spark the Braves to the National League Pennant. In the World Series, Lew Burdette and Hank Aaron led the way to the Braves' only championship. The following year Perry, no longer needed, was traded to the Chicago Cubs. That summer the former Spartan learned everything is not great and glorious about playing in the major leagues. Eventually he left the national pastime after the '58 season for a satisfying career in teaching and coaching in Brook Creek. On "Tom Perry Day" in 1997, fifty years after the World Series, Perry discovered that his baseball career meant more to his family and friends than he knew.

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