My dad was a big fan of baseball, and I got that from him. At night when I can not sleep, I love to just read while laying in bed trying to finally get some sleep. This was a great book and well written. A lot of the references are of historical landmarks. The getaway will take you to places you will only dream about.
Modesto, California in 1962. A nostalgic run through a simpler time. Kids stayed out to play well after dark without the worry of what might happen to them. A sentimental story of a young boy’s fragile relationship with his dying father. 13-year-old Mike is determined to make his father’s dream of playing catch with Mickey Mantle come true.
His story becomes more compelling when his father is diagnosed with cancer and Mikey tries to find a way to save him. He attempts to enlist the help of baseball legend, Mickey Mantle, and wants to meet Mantle to do so. A solo trip to Disneyland, a drive to Chicago with his aunt, letters sent to Mickey’s mother and more are all part of his quest to help his dad. Along the way, Mikey begins to grow up and learn about how complicated life can be.
Despite that, the main character has selfless reasons for doing these things, to achieve his goal of giving his dying father a very special gift, and his motivation and determination are extremely impressive. Loved reading this book and the whole time I was wishing daddy was here, so he could of read it too. This is a book he would love. There are details and descriptions of many games played by the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees in 1962. To fulfill the dream Mikey writes letters, travels to Base Ball stadiums, waits outside of locker rooms and hotel lobbies. He meets an incredible cast of characters, real and imagined. The sites and sounds of small town America wrap around the story and deliver a nostalgic mid-century picture of Modesto California and the Central Valley.