Part memoir, part historical fiction, this novel takes place over a 10-week period in the summer of 1956. It is a tale about the coming together of eleven young men. Seven blacks, three Mexicans and one white all strive, achieve and share in something quintessentially American, simply through the shared love of the game of baseball. Under the leadership of an aging, charismatic African-American manager, the Brown Bombers tolerate the nearness of racism as part of the price they pay for the privilege of playing the game they love. It is based on a true story offering a nice handshake between our nation’s three principal races in the ambience of our “national sport’ and an All-American Midwestern town.
A daily perspective of the team is delivered by the single white player, determined by the manager to be “brown enough.” With a “magic” bat, a lucky arrowhead and an expanding fan base, the team faces the possibility, beyond expectations of an invitation to the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas.