In the pews of San Juan Bautista Church, Angel Macias and a ragtag band of street urchins of Monterrey, Mexico's slums try to escape the dismal conditions that surround them. Hunger, dirt floors and cinder block houses--life holds anything but promise for these forsaken children.
But there is one ray of light. After Mass on Sundays, their priest gathers them around an old radio where they listen to crackling broadcasts of the far away Brooklyn Dodgers.
One day, Angel finds an old baseball in an abandoned dirt lot and begins to throw the ball against the wall of a dilapidated shack, only to awaken a factory worker named Cesar Faz. Angel goads the gruff man into a game of catch. He soon discovers that when Cesar was a twelve year-old growing up in Texas, he was a batboy for the San Antonio Missions, and later worked for the St. Louis Browns.
A chance encounter with the Mexico City All-Star traveling team inspires Angel and his friends to form an organized Little League team. Their dream: to dress up in actual uniforms and play just one "real game" in the United States. But first they must convince Cesar to coach them.
Averaging thirty-five pounds lighter and six inches shorter than their American counterparts, the boys journey to Texas for the first round of the 1957 Little League Tournament. Dragging their reluctant coach with them, they cross the Rio Grande on foot and walk twelve miles through scorching desert to the field in McAllen, Texas--each boy wearing his uniform and carrying nothing more than a change of underwear in a paper bag.
With a three-day visa and barely enough money to last that long, they whisper their prayers and start what they assume will be their first and last game. But a different destiny awaits them...
Based on a true story, The Perfect Game is a timeless and astonishing tale of faith and the human spirit's ability to overcome all adversity in pursuit of a dream.
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W. WILLIAM WINOKUR follows his "Best Books 2006" USA Book News Award-winning first novel Marathon with another richly detailed journey of the heart. After learning the story of the "Little Giants," Bill traveled to Monterrey, Mexico and successfully reunited all of the surviving team members and Coach Faz. Though many have tried, Bill was the first to convince them to lend their voices to a narrative that would celebrate their remarkable accomplishment. Bill lives in Malibu with his wife and three children. He is the screenwriter and producer of a feature film and children's book based on The Perfect Game.Review:
In The Perfect Game, William Winokur masterfully brings to life a true story of heroism and humility. He has written a beautifully crafted, irresistible page-turner that will make you laugh, cry and cheer for these unstoppable underdogs. The incredible journey of the 1957 Monterrey Industrial Little League team is one of the proudest stories of Monterrey and Mexico. It is a shining example of a willingness to make personal sacrifices to accomplish a greater good, and achieving one's dreams no matter how difficult. -- Carlos Slim Domit, Chairman, Grupo Carso
The Perfect Game highlights the accomplishments of the Industrial Little League team from Monterrey, Mexico. Their accomplishment helped to expand America's pastime beyond its borders...and became an endearing and enduring benchmark for children around the world. -- Steven Keehner, Little League Organization
The Perfect Game is a story about redemption, faith, family--and baseball. Every character is given the opportunity to come face-to-face with his or her brokenness and then finds a way to let faith and forgiveness begin the healing process. The authentic manner in which faith is presented as a matter of the everyday lives of the characters should really connect with parents and families craving authenticity. -- Jim Burns, President, HomeWord
The Perfect Game is inspiring, uplifting, and has a healthy amount of humor. The story will grab people. I'd say, "Play ball!" -- Bill Anderson, President & CEO, Christian Booksellers Association
William Winokur's masterfully written book, The Perfect Game, is far more than an instant sports classic--it is a heroic tale for the ages. -- Lou Gossett, Jr., Academy Award®-winning actor
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Descrizione libro Kissena Park Press, 2008. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110976850818
Descrizione libro Kissena Park Press, 2008. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0976850818