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Lucky

Maris, Mantle, and My Best Summer Ever

Louis isn't very good at playing baseball, but he knows and loves the game more than anybody, more than his superathlete stepbrother and the neighborhood bullies. He loves the purity of the sport, the crack of a bat and the smell of fresh cut grass in the stadium. And more than anything, he loves the New York Yankees. So when he amazingly finds himself in a position to become a bat boy for the team during the summer of 1961, it is like a dream come true. Little does he know, that he's about to have a front row seat to one of the most memorable seasons in sports history. And that the heroes he looks up to will teach him things about life that will change him forever.

Photograph © Virgina Benitez

C. W. Tooke has worked as a feature writer and editorial consultant and has published features in Salon, New Jersey Monthly, and the Princeton Alumni Weekly. His first novel, Lucky was a Junior Library Guild Selection. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and dog.

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