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Havana Heat transports readers to 1911 America, where real-life pitcher Luther "Dummy" Taylor is trying to work his arm back into fighting shape. Though deaf, Taylor helped lead John McGraw's New York Giants to the pennant, winning 115 games between 1900 and 1908. But an injury relegates him to the minors, and he dreams of one last shot at the big barnstorming trip to Cuba.

In Cuba, Taylor faces off against the tough Havana teams and meets a deaf Cuban boy with a spectacular pitching arm. In young Luis, Taylor sees his chance for redemption, and a way to win them both Giants uniforms. But baseball's changing politics and the growing unrest in Cuba threaten his plans and force him to confront the choices that have brought him to this crossroads in his life.

©2000 Darryl Brock (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks

"Brock is one of the finest baseball fiction writers around, lucidly rendering the passions, disappointments, and excitement of the sport while capturing the defining details of the era he depicts." (Publishers Weekly)
"A rewarding slice of baseball and American history." (Library Journal)
"Fast-paced, savvy, and sensitive....Baseball fiction at a level all baseball fiction should reach." (Seattle Times)

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gary
  • 20/05/2005

An absolute GEM!!!

If you love baseball, this book captures the real game. If you love History, this book transports you back. If you like travel, this books sweeps you away. If you sympathize with people that overcome struggles, this book warms your heart. If you love all four.... you will absolutely fall in love with this book. The author brings charcters to life in a believable and exciting way. The reader takes a little getting used to, but once you do (after about 1/2 hour) you will get his style and enjoy it. It is one of the best of the over 100 books I have listened to from Audible. I can't believe it hasn't found a larger following, but I predict, word of mouth will send it soaring. Don't pass this one up.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Linda Saari
  • 08/08/2017

fun listen I recommend it,

Brock is an exceptional baseball writer and I really enjoyed it. I full recommend it

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • R. A. Frank
  • 09/07/2011

Fantastic story, plenty of good baseball adventure

Loved this story about "Dummy" Taylor. You can look him up on Wikipedia, real ballplayer. The story is captivating and the characters are well developed. It takes you back in history with accurate descriptions of the first decade of the 20th century. The baseball is covered well, there is bonus baseball as well (that's all I can say so as not to spoil it for you). Tom Parker is awesome, just remember these words: "Momma, Momma" and you will know what I mean!