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Heroes Are Hard To Findby Mike Looney
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Stormy Weathers, a crusty and fierce but over-the-hill ball player, confesses to the clubhouse manager his fear of life without baseball after his farewell game at Yankee Stadium. Despite his hall-of-fame kind of career, he admits to one haunting athletic failure that cost his high school team the state championship game with a weak slide at home plate.
Shortly thereafter, Stormy, filled with self-pity and despair, meets a peculiar man of unusual powers named Mac Swindell, who admits his affinity for people like Stormy who take an unfair advantage any time possible. With only the condition that Stormy conduct himself as he has in the past, Mac provides him with a strong eighteen-year-old body. Still armed with the savvy of a veteran big-leaguer and the new identity of Cal Lucas, Stormy returns to the home of his youth, Dallas, Texas.
With Mac's assistance, he rents an apartment next door to his mother, who, for unknown reasons, had abandoned him to an orphanage as a small child. Life begins anew for Stormy Weathers, now a senior and in love with a beautiful girl, who happens to be his coach's daughter. He has a new name, Cal Lucas, and the talent to lead his Woodrow Wilson High School baseball team to the state tournament.
But the good life becomes as stormy as his name. He teaches his teammates every illegal trick of the game he knows, all of them defying the moral teachings of his coach.
The FBI, searching for the missing Stormy Weathers begins to suspiciously close in on Cal Lucas, who tells Mac that he will no longer use an unfair advantage to win at any cost. When he learns that his mother's life is threatened, he is willing to trade his youth for his mother's life.
But will he have time to lead Woodrow Wilson to an impossible victory in the state championship before his youth begins to fade away? What will happen to the love of his life once he suddenly becomes so much older? What kind of life does exist beyond baseball? He has done the right thing, he knows, but the personal cost is huge. It is only then that Stormy fully understands why heroes are so hard to find.
Heroes Are Hard to Find is a touching story - filled with grit, humor, and drama - that impacts all ages. The ultimate lesson it teaches will remain with you for the rest of your life.
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