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Playing with the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, World War II, and the Long Journey Home

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ISBN13: 9780143113881
ISBN10: 0143113887
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Foreword by baseball legend Jim Morris, former Major League pitcher with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. It was true in the 1940s, and it is still true today: if you have talent, someone will notice. In Gene Moore's case, that someon was the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Gene Moore was a farm boy living with his family in Sesser, Illinois, a town so small even map makers ignored it. As a teenager, when he wasn't in school or helping his Pop on the farm, slopping the hogs and doing other chores with his older brother Ward and five sisters, Gene was playing baseball with the guys on the town team. Some were twice his age. The older fellows didn't mind having the Moore kid on their team because he could hit the ball farther than anyone else, he was the best catcher anyone had ever seen, he could throw men out from his knees, and not a ball ever got past him. Gene was 15 years old.

Word quickly spread across the United States about the country boy who could hit the ball a country mile. The Dodgers wanted to take a look at this farm kid, barely old enough to shave and still awaiting his first kiss, but brash enough to call the pitches from behind the plate and motion to the infielders and outfielders as to how they should position themselves for certain hitters.

Headed for baseball stardom with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Gene's destiny was interrupted by Pearl Harbor. After playing ball for the Navy in the Azores and North Africa, Gene and his team were sent to the States for a special-and top secret-mission: guarding German sailors captured from U-505.

Unable to field a team, Gene convinced his commander to allow him to teach the enemy how to play baseball while he and his teammates waited for the war to end so they could be called up into the Major Leagues. But Gene's future changed irrevocably in Louisiana. His life . . . and maybe our national pastime . . . was forever altered.

Inspired by true events, Playing with the Enemy is the riveting story of a depression-era youth and his brush with destiny. Author Gary Moore, Gene's son, did not learn of his father's remarkable odyssey through World War II and the hardships of minor league baseball until the day before Gene's death. Confronted with evidence of a possible career in baseball, Gene finally broke his decades of silence and spent the next several hours relieving himself of the heavy burden he had been carrying. The stunning news sent the author on his own odyssey as he researched his father's life and interviewed dozens of people.

The astonishing story of Gene Moore's life in and out of baseball is an exciting and often heart-wrenching saga that will capture the heart of every red-blooded American who can still smell the fresh-cut summer grass or remember how it felt to tie on the cleats while dreaming of making it to the big leagues. Jammed with memorable characters from an extraordinary time in our country's history, Playing with the Enemy is a story that will be read and reread for generations to come. And it is one you will never forgrt.

About the Author: Gary W. Moore is the president and managing partner of Covenant Air and Water, LLC, a motivational speaker, and an accomplished musician.

Synopsis:

"Playing with the Enemy" is the riveting story of a baseball prodigy who found himself sidelined by World War II.

Synopsis:

Part Tuesdays with Morrie, part Field of Dreams?a true American story of World War II and redemption

Driven by word of mouth and the author?s heroic efforts to tell the world his father?s story, Playing with the Enemy was a surprise hardcover hit for its independent publisher. Gary Moore?s book about his father?a baseball phenom whose future in the majors was cut short by World War II and a fateful occurrence during a top secret mission for the U.S. Navy?is a warm-hearted memoir of faded dreams and new hope that is destined for the bestseller lists. Filled with memorable characters from an extraordinary time in our country?s history, it is a truly redemptive story that will be read and reread for generations to come.

About the Author

Gary W. Moore is the president and managing partner of Covenant Air & Water, LLC, a motivational speaker, and an accomplished musician.

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Wanda53, September 11, 2008 (view all comments by Wanda53)
First I'll tell you what the book is NOT about. It is not just about baseball. It is not just about WWII. It is not just about small town life in Illinois or battles waged on the world stage. And it is not just about a young boy coming of age.
It IS about a real life, the life of Gary Moore's father, Gene. Gene by all accounts was a common boy with major dreams and the ability to make them come true. But sometimes life is not fair. And when we reach that probverbial fork in the road we must make a decsion.
Gene's life was full of decisions but only one dream. How he handled set backs in his life is truly an insiration to all of us. I had to keep reminding my self as I read this book that it was a true story, and that made it all the more powerful.
This book is soon to made into a movie. I sincerly hope Hollywood reads the entire book and decides to portray it faithfully on the screen. It is a TRUE story that needs to be told.
Speaking of desicions, the best decision you could make is to buy the book and read it."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143113881
Author:
Moore, Gary W
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Foreword by:
Morris, Jim
Foreword:
Morris, Jim
Author:
Moore, Gary W.
Author:
Morris, Jim
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/WWII
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Sports - Baseball
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos and illustrations throughout
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.42x5.42x.68 in. .64 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143113881 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Playing with the Enemy" is the riveting story of a baseball prodigy who found himself sidelined by World War II.
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Part Tuesdays with Morrie, part Field of Dreams?a true American story of World War II and redemption

Driven by word of mouth and the author?s heroic efforts to tell the world his father?s story, Playing with the Enemy was a surprise hardcover hit for its independent publisher. Gary Moore?s book about his father?a baseball phenom whose future in the majors was cut short by World War II and a fateful occurrence during a top secret mission for the U.S. Navy?is a warm-hearted memoir of faded dreams and new hope that is destined for the bestseller lists. Filled with memorable characters from an extraordinary time in our country?s history, it is a truly redemptive story that will be read and reread for generations to come.

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