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The Pitcher

The Pitcher What a mother wont do for her son A boy with a golden arm but no money for lessons A mother who wants to give her son his dream before she dies A broken down World Series pitcher who cannot go on afte

  • Title: The Pitcher
  • Author: William Elliott Hazelgrove
  • ISBN: 9781938467592
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • What a mother wont do for her son A boy with a golden arm but no money for lessons A mother who wants to give her son his dream before she dies A broken down World Series pitcher who cannot go on after the death of his wife These are the elements of The Pitcher A story of a man at the end of his dream and a boy whose dream is to make his high school baseball team InWhat a mother wont do for her son A boy with a golden arm but no money for lessons A mother who wants to give her son his dream before she dies A broken down World Series pitcher who cannot go on after the death of his wife These are the elements of The Pitcher A story of a man at the end of his dream and a boy whose dream is to make his high school baseball team In the tradition of The Natural and The Field of Dreams, this is a mythic story about how a man and a boy meet in the crossroads of their life and find a way to go on You will laugh and you will cry as The Pitcher and Ricky prepare for the ultimate try out of life.

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    1. Rating:5 of 5 stars (outstanding)Review:Winning the World Series is the dream of every baseball player, no matter what level, position or ability. So when you are a young man struggling with your pitching just before the high school team’s tryouts and you discover your neighbor was a pitcher who DID win a World Series, you want him to help you make the team, right? That is the premise of The Pitcher, a coming-of-age book about Ricky, a young man being raised by his mom Maria. They are of Mexic [...]

    2. The story is okay, but one thing really bothers me. When an author tries to write a book about baseball he needs to make sure the details of the game included in the book are correct. While it is not impossible it would be extremely unusual for a world series pitcher to hit a game winning home run and I don't think two opposing pitchers in a world series game have ever homered in the same game. Also, at a dramatic point in the book the hero balks and the author has the umpire tell the batter to [...]

    3. There are so many reader's hands I want to put this book in! Protagonist Ricky is in 8th grade and has a wicked, but wild fastball. He dreams of making the highly competitive high school team. Keep in mind Ricky is Hispanic and poor and doesn't have the money to spend on private lessons, the best equipment or club/travel teams. What he does have though is a fierce mother. I loved their story because it speaks very plainly about prejudice and not so plainly about white privilege. This book will r [...]

    4. So, have you ever had a dream? That’s a question that every person is asked time and time again. Do you have a dream. If you’re Ricky Hernandez, your dream is the same dream as everyone else. He wants to be the American Dream. A kid from nothing that turns into something.“The Pitcher” is a book about dreams. The dreams of kids. The dreams of parents. The dreams of immigrants. The dreams of a man who’s lived the dream. And it’s all brought together in the mind of William Hazelgrove.So [...]

    5. Book Review: The Pitcher By: William Hazelgrove. This book is very good and the whole focus of this book is around baseball, so if you are a sporty person this is the book for you. This book that I just read is realistic fiction but some of the events in this book have taken place on earth but other events haven’t happened so I would have to say this book is realistic fiction. The setting of this book takes place mostly in the main character (Ricky’s) neighborhood and on some sort of field r [...]

    6. I really enjoyed reading this book. This book takes place in Florida during a very hot summer. This book revolves around Ricky, a 13-year-old Mexican kid that finds out he has a great arm and he can pitch the ball fast, but he cant control it. His mom, Maria, scraps up money to get him onto a baseball team so he can get better. His goal is to make it onto the high school team but his mom is poor and they cant get him a coach to help him control his fastball. His tries to help but she just doesn' [...]

    7. `In baseball games it's all about momentum and the crowd sniffs who has it.'William Hazelgrove continues to `bat a thousand' with this, his latest impressive novel, THE PITCHER. He so very well understands a child's point of view and the adult response and all the friction, love, agony, passion, and joy and disappointment that the interaction between these apparent poles implies. He has the gift of writing honestly and with utter conviction about relationships between youngsters and adults, show [...]

    8. "And like all good baseball novels, The Pitcher is about more than just baseball" - Billy LambardoThis pretty much sums up everything about all sports books. You can't write a whole story, just about baseball. And in this book, Hazelgrove did exactly that, even with the limited amount of characters he choose to put in the story. This is probably one of my favorite books I have read in a while (and that's saying something).Ricky learned that he had an arm when he was 9 years old, at a carnival ga [...]

    9. Ricky is 9 years old when he learns that he has a great arm for pitching, which he's excited about because he doesn't feel like he's good at very much. He's now 14 and practices in front of his house with his friend Joey. He plays on a city team and his arm is pretty wild and he needs to learn control. His mother doesn't have money to pay someone to coach him so she looks on the internet for tips to help him. She does enlist the help of the Pitcher who lives across the street from them. He's a f [...]

    10. In The Pitcher, a story of Ricky and his amazing gift of pitching is told. We are told about Ricky’s life and all the struggles he goes through to become a great pitcher. Ricky’s mom wants everything for him and she even puts her own health behind her and almost dies because she didn’t take care of herself. They both never give up and they show others how tough there little Mexican family is. Hazelgrove did a very good job of making the reader want to keep reading. He made the characters [...]

    11. I am blown away by this novel. It gave me more chills than "The Field Of Dreams" and "The Natural" combined. I choked up more times reading this, soon to be classic tale, than a team that leaves 11 men on base during a game. I kid you not; it's that moving. This is much more than a story of the love of a game, or a mother's dream for her child. This is a perfectly crafted piece of literary fiction that is relevant to contemporary issues of the day. You will come to respect and admire Maria and h [...]

    12. As a child, baseball enchanted me. I wanted to pitch for my beloved Dodgers. Something got in the way. Not lack of talent, but being a girl. Reality stepped in and changed my dreams. Not so with William Hazelgrove's The Pitcher.This escape into dreams of becoming a pitcher flow effortlessly from page to page, reminding the adult reader that once we were young and had our own seemingly impossible dreams. A young Mexican-American boy dreams big. He wants to pitch for his high school team. Not in t [...]

    13. The Pitcher is about a boy named Ricky. Who just graduated the Eighth Grade and is playing baseball with a summer team. His Mom is doing all she can do to help him succeed in pitching. Ricky was having a problem with his pitching though because all he could do was throw a seventy-five mile per hour fastball, but he did not have a different pitch. Ricky and his Mom live right next to a former MLB pitcher who won a World Series with Detroit. Ricky’s Mom was trying to find a way for Ricky to get [...]

    14. Overall, the story is quite good. I read into the night to finish it. Even though I knew it would probably have a happy ending, and I was hoping for it, Pollyanna as that might be, I still wanted to see how the author could pull it off. He did it well. It was not cloying at all. At times, I thought the book seemed more appropriate for a middle-grader. I think younger boys might benefit more, overall, from the lessons in the book about family, broken homes, alcoholism, loss, coping, self-control, [...]

    15. This book is about a 14 year old pitcher that is playing for his local team. He lives in Florida in a mostly white neighborhood where he is Mexican. He is a huge fan of the Miami Marlins and Carlos Zambrano. He throws really hard but he has no control of the strike zone at all. He wants to make the high school baseball team next year but he has to get more control. His family is poor and doesn't have money to pay for pitching lessons. Their neighbor was an mlb pitcher that won a world series. No [...]

    16. Knocked it out of the park!Bill,I’m a writer researching my next project—Barbara Anne’s Slider. I just wanted some background. What you gave me was a whole lot more. What an interesting, touching piece. You taught me much and for that along with the pleasure of reading your hard work I thank you.—Chris

    17. Whether they will admit it or not, most guys still react to a heart-tugging baseball novel the same way they reacted to one when they were kids. Almost every boy, at one time or another - even if only for a moment - has probably dreamed of becoming a professional athlete, and in my day, that usually meant dreaming of major league baseball. And, reliving those dreams for a day or two via a good baseball novel is still quite a kick for guys like us. The Pitcher, William Hazelgrove’s new novel al [...]

    18. Junior Library Guild Selection for Fall Bestseller List for Hispanic Fiction Bestseller List for BaseballNo wonder this book was on these three lists! This book is a winner all around. Well-written, relevant to today’s societal issues, this book will engage sports fans and non-sports fans alike. Written with early teens as his audience, William Hazelgrove tells the story from Ricky Hernandez’ point of view.Ricky’s dream is to be a Major League Baseball pitcher….but first he has to make t [...]

    19. 13 year old Ricky Hernandez loves baseball. He is determined to become a pitcher on his upcoming high school team. But he has a problem – although he pitches fast, he can't control the ball. His mom has worked with him on it, but she can't seem to figure out how Ricky can throw fast and accurate.Across the street from Ricky and his mom lives a former professional baseball player. Jack Langford pitched in the 1970s, 80s and 90s and won the World Series and was made MVP. He's a legend of the gam [...]

    20. The Pitcher is a heartwarming baseball novel about a young Mexican-American boy's dream of becoming a pitcher, a mother's unrelenting love and support, and a broken former major league pitcher who can't get past the death of his wife.Author William Hazelgrove weaves a touching tale set in Jacksonville, Florida, and written in the first person narrative that follows the journey of fourteen year old Ricky Hernandez as he overcomes obstacles to chase his dream of becoming a pitcher on his high scho [...]

    21. William Hazelgrove's THE PITCHER evoked childhood memories most young males have. Playing baseball and some day making the Major Leagues. For me it was playing for the Dodgers. The only problem was I didn't have the talent. Didn't stop the dreams though. I played YMCA ball growing up, but wasn't good enough for high school ball. I was an average ballplayer at best. Never stopped the dreaming though.In THE PITCHER, Ricky Hernandez is a young man that has a gift. He can throw a fast ball. But he h [...]

    22. The ultimate message in The Pitcher is one of overcoming hardship and working toward a goal. The purpose is good and a few of the characters are well-developed, but there are several weaknesses in both plot and character development that detract from the book. The main problem with the storyline is that each of the many conflicts is overdone as well as predictable. Ricky, a Hispanic teenager in Florida, has a great arm, but is too financially strapped to get coaching. Miraculously, a washed up M [...]

    23. Ricky Hernandez is a young Mexican boy who has a dream of becoming a major league pitcher. But first he needs to make the high school team. He is able to deliver a fast ball, but he has no control. Ricky's mom, Maria, is a very strong minded woman, and does her best to coach Ricky and help him make the team. She is struggling with health issues - she has Lupus. She has no health insurance and is going without medical treatment. Ricky and his mom are struggling financially. He has a loser for a f [...]

    24. This is one of the best books that I have read in quite awhile. Touching in its simplicity, yet full of emotion. A boy's love for baseball; a mother's love for her son; a man's love for his deceased wife. These all fill the story with meaning and bring about the choices each makes. Choices that intertwine their lives with unbreakable bonds. I love the way the author drew me into the lives of Ricky and his mother Maria. You feel Maria's struggle of trying to raise her boy as a single mom with an [...]

    25. Take a mother who is extremely ill and wants her sons dream to come true, a “wetback” as her son Ricky is called and an neighbor, Mr. Langford who is a broken down World Series pitcher and put them together and what do you have? A truly fascinating and warm story that will bring tears to your eyes and make you cheer for the underdogs.When Ricky was nine years old at a carnival the man who was watching him try to get three balls into the hole says this boy really has an arm.Maria, his mom has [...]

    26. REVIEWRicky Hernandez dreams of making the high school baseball team. He is a pitcher with an arm like a rocket. Ricky;s mother is dying and she asks the old World Series pitcher across the street to help Ricky. I was absolutely mesmerized by this book. This story is so much more than just a kid loving baseball. I came to admire Maria and her son, Ricky. I found myself urging Jack Langford, the pitcher along with Maria and Ricky , to keep going, not to give up. the author brings in topics such a [...]

    27. First can I say I know nothing about baseball. I have watched one live game when I visited Yankee stadium ten years ago. That said, I could not stop reading this book. I loved everything about it. "I have never known a pitcher except for the guy across the street who lives in his garage. When my friends come over, we lie on his driveway listening to ballgames like the ocean in the dark." After reading this I just knew this story was going to be special. Hazelgrove did not dissapoint. The Pitcher [...]

    28. First can I say I know nothing about baseball. I have watched one live game when I visited Yankee stadium ten years ago. That said, I could not stop reading this book. I loved everything about it. "I have never known a pitcher except for the guy across the street who lives in his garage. When my friends come over, we lie on his driveway listening to ballgames like the ocean in the dark." After reading this I just knew this story was going to be special. Hazelgrove did not dissapoint. The Pitcher [...]

    29. I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.As a fan of baseball, I enjoyed The Pitcher. What kid wouldn’t want a former MLB pitcher as a neighbor? You realize quickly that this particular pitcher, however, lived his dream when he pitched in the World Series but something went seriously wrong with his life between then and now.The Pitcher isn’t just about him though. It’s told through the eyes of his young neighbor, Ricky, who is of Mexican heritage and dreams of being a pitch [...]

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