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Author Ballard, Chris.

Title One shot at forever : a small town, an unlikely coach, and a magical baseball season / Chris Ballard.

Imprint New York : Hyperion, c2012.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Young Adult, Non-Fiction    YA 796.35762 BAL    Available
Edition 1st pbk ed.
Description viii, 255 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents pt. 1. Welcome to Macon. Beginnings -- Shark -- Write your own obituary -- "Practice is optional" -- Lost in the corn -- He ain't got shit -- It only takes one -- The announcement -- Long summer nights -- Un-American, or unpatriotic -- pt. 2. The forever season. Another shot -- Hippies, tape decks, and a silent infield -- The first step -- We've only just begun -- Big coop -- Riding into Peoria -- The baseball factory -- The drums -- One shot -- June 1971 -- pt. 3. Ghosts. Never the same -- The return.
Summary In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hats defied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a field of 370 teams to become the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final, a distinction that still stands. There, sporting long hair, and warming up to Jesus Christ Superstar, the Ironmen would play a dramatic game against a Chicago powerhouse that would change their lives forever.
Subject Baseball -- Illinois -- Macon -- History -- Juvenile literature.
High school athletes -- Illinois -- Macon -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Macon (Ill.) -- Social life and customs -- Juvenile literature.
ISBN 9781401312664 paperback
1401312667 paperback

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