The Legend of Mickey Tussler
By Frank Nappi
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312381097, 304pp.)
Publication Date: April 29, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Seventeen-year-old Mickey Tussler is recruited to play for a minor league affiliate of the Boston Braves. Arthur Murphy swears Mickey has the greatest arm he has ever seen, that anybody has ever seen. And it might be true. But Mickey's autism is prohibitive. It keeps him sealed off from a world he scarcely understands. Lost both in the memory of his former life with an abusive father and the challenges of a new world filled with heckling teammates, opponents and fans, there's no way Mickey can succeed. But his inimitable talent -- one of the most gifted arms in the history of baseball -- gives him a chance. Can he survive a real life dream? Or are the harsh realities of life too much for him? This is the powerful underdog story of how a young man with an extraordinary gift comes of age in a harsh and competitive world.
Praise for THE LEGEND OF MICKEY TUSSLER: "In my work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America I see all kinds of challenges facing kids today, and this book does a very good job of treating gifted kids and teenagers with sensitivity and understanding in coping with and meeting these challenges."
"A compelling tale that will touch the hearts of fans of the game
everywhere." —Fergie Jenkins, Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame Pitcher
"A story with something for everyone. THE LEGEND OF MICKEY TUSSLER is a walk off homerun." —Larry Izzo, New York Mets Scout
"A powerful baseball story, certain to rank among the best ever written.” —Don Williams, retired sports columnist, Newark Star Ledger"Riveting. Rewarding. THE LEGEND OF MICKEY TUSSLER reaches the heart the way Alex Rodriguez reaches the bleachers." - Bill Madden, New York Daily News "A powerful baseball story, certain to rank among the best ever written."
- Don Williams, retired sports columnist, Newark Star Ledger
“Not just a baseball masterpiece, but a clever, delightful, touching tale that is a triumph of imagination and empathy. THE LEGEND OF MICKEY TUSSLER is Roy Hobbs meets The Rain Man.”
Father Tom Hartman, Good Morning America’s God Squad"In an age where scandal has taken over sports, especially baseball, it was refreshing to finally be transported to an age where the game is all that matters. Frank Nappi does an incredible job brining these people and players to life. A great read."
- Brian Kilmeade, author of New York Times bestseller The Games Do Count