Six Good Innings
4 out of 5
I love kid's sports, I love the parents who support their children's dreams, I love the coaches that give unknown hours and sweat and money to mentor their team and I love communities that encourage those that participate.
This is the story of the boys of Tom's River, New Jersey and their struggle to maintain the winning tradition of Little League Baseball. Tom's River is no ordinary baseball town, they create winners year after year beginning in the 1990's and continuing on to today. They may not all make it to Williamsport, but they do make it to the District and State Championships, and those very rare years, they make it to the "Show" and take on the title of Little League World Series Champions.
Unfortunately, this group of 12 years olds also take on the burdens of the towns dreams and it can be a bit much. This book follows the team from the start of their year to the culmination of their All-Star game. You meet the coaches, the kids and the parents and they all touch you and you find yourself cheering them on from afar. I highly recommend this book to all youth sports lovers, those that have cheered from the benches and those that have watched from their armchairs.