When Baseball Was All The World To Me
by Phillip Hoose
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Praise for Perfect, Once Removed
"Thank goodness Phillip Hoose didn't listen to Casey Stengel's advice to never become a writer. He has written a wonderful story about a marvelous moment from a memorable time in baseball history. It is perfect for all baseball fans, even those who can't play."
--Tim Kurkjian, ESPN
"This endearing memoir is like a large slice of delicious lemon meringue pie delivered at a small town Indiana church supper. Mr. Hoose, a cousin of Don Larsen of the perfect World Series game in 1956, starts third grade in a new school that year, has his struggles adjusting, fails at baseball, and yet emerges in part because of a zealous love for his cousin, the Yankees, and above all else our great game. I loved it because, like baseball, it is about failure and ultimate redemption."
--Fay Vincent, former Commissioner of Baseball
When I pitched a Perfect Game against the Dodgers in the 1956 World Series, I knew my life had changed. But I had no idea that, back in Indiana, the game had also turned things around for my 9-year-old cousin, Phil. Though Perfect, Once Removed is about the connection between Phil and me, I think what the book really shows is the huge pull that baseball has always had on kids. Itís a wonderful story and Iím glad Phil wrote it."
Walker & Company, 2006