Note: Here’s an excerpt from my third book, a Biography of Guy Vitale, a well-know athlete from East Boston, Massachusetts. .
Guy was one of my uncles. Among members of our family, he was a mystery of sorts. So, after much urging from family members, I decided to do some research on his life and write about it – to put an end to the speculation swirling around him. Enjoy!
“New England sports fans wonder about Guy Vitale, East Boston’s greatest athlete, who lettered in three sports and had so much football and baseball talent that sportswriters said it wasn’t a question of whether he’d turn pro, but only which sport he’d pick.
“An All-Scholastic choice by Boston’s leading newspapers in his junior and senior years, 1936 Baseball Schoolboy Hall of Famer after hitting .621 his senior year, Guy starred for Barnstable‘s legendary 1937 club and 1938 Cape Cod League Champion, Falmouth. Everyone believed he possessed all the necessary tools to attain his dream: playing Major League baseball.
“What happened? This chronicle of Vitale’s life, written by his nephew [me], author of two previous novels, explains why he didn’t make it to the Big Leagues, but achieved a measure of glory during a satisfying career serving his Country.
“This book tells all in a riveting way; so compelling you won’t want to put it down. Ciampa, Curry, Famulari, Hegner, Pete Herman, Indrisano, Oscar Khederian, Lennie Merullo, Morse, Joe Rocciolo, the Sacco boys, Siciliano, Struzziero, beloved St. Lazarus priests, Father Francisco Berti and Father Leo Toma, famed East Boston Coach Fred O’Brien; they’re all here, their lives touching Guy’s in different ways.
“A must read!”
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NOTE: 10/2/11 – Booksigning yesterday afternoon at The Sisters Grimm, a unique, relatively new bookstore just over the Wyoming line in Bushnell, Nebraska. The sisters, Jamie and Jessica Carpenter, run their business in a cozy, renovated, red former horse barn, from which they dispense a fine line of used books, artwork, antiques, coffee, and snacks, all at very reasonable prices.
Was pleased, though not surprised, at the favorable reaction to this book from those in attendance. Why? Well, the other two books, Little Sister Lost and The China Connection, are fact-based fiction mystery thrillers dealing with politics and history. Many people in small towns like Bushnell do not follow politics and the political and historical scenes closely, and therefore, when looking for a good read, will tend to choose a non-political book over a political one when given the chance.
Hey, you guys on my Blog from the Cheyenne – Pine Bluffs – Hillsdale areas, listen to me. This place, The Sisters Grimm, is a jewel. Off from work one day next week? Want something to do on a Saturday? Get in the car and go over there. Browse. Check out the artwork and antiques. Grab a coffee or soft drink from their cool coffee shop. Pick up some books. The place is open Monday through Friday, 8a.m. – 6p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Take my word for it. You’ll love the place!