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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

Named the No. 1 Sports Technology writer in the U.S. on Oct 1, 2014.

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Sunday
Apr092017

Kindle Pick of the Week: Playing With the Enemy

Note: Thanks for the tip from my friend, Pat Hegewald

As the 2017 baseball season begins...

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 someone 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 forget.

Pat also wrote the theme song to go along with the book...  you can hear here: http://www.playingwiththeenemy.com/song_001.htm

"Field of Broken Dreams"

Son of a working man
Born in the heartland
An infamous day
Changed the course of his life

The call of his duty
To fight for his country
He followed his passion
In a world filled with strife

(refrain) Life is worth living
No matter which road is taken
And nothin’s as good or as bad as it seems
As one door closes, another will open
And children find answers
In a Field of Broken Dreams

Destined for greatness
Allied with tomorrow
This young man reaches
For a shining star

When chasing a dream
Crosses doing the right thing
Self becomes selfless
And fate
Remains afar

(refrain)

The break in his soul
Turned his hopes into shadows
And the reason he lived
Became a reason to cry

And in that dark moment
When life starts closing
A letter long lost
Tells a silent goodbye

(refrain)

Fate knows no conscience
And history tells the tale
And nothins as good or as bad as it seems
But life is worth living
No matter which road is taken
And a son learned a lesson
In a Field of Broken Dreams

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Thursday
Dec152016

My Appearance on Kenosha Sports Extra 1050 WLIP 12/14/16

Thanks to Pat Hegewald for inviting me on!

Three parts to listen to:

Thanks again to Pat!