Two in the Field
By Darryl Brock
(Frog Books, Paperback, 9781583941881, 408pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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In this sequel to the best-selling If I Never Get Back, Sam Fowler manages to break into the past once again—but this time it’s 1875. Gripped by an economic depression, America is a darker place. Again Sam falls in with ballplayers, but spins off on his own seeking the whereabouts of Caitlin, the woman he loves. His knight-like, hazardous quest forces him to ride the rails with tramps, deal with starving miners and the desperate Molly Maguires, work in a Saratoga casino, and venture into the Nebraska prairies. In the end, Sam will have to head into the Black Hills accompanied by Cait, a former slave, and a Sioux guide to face the ultimate reckoning of his life. Like its predecessor, Two in the Field combines authentic research (including accurate details of early baseball), a narrative filled with twists and turns, and memorable characters in a white-knuckle ride through a dramatic period of American history.
For the better part of two decades, Darryl Brock was a history, English, and psychology instructor in San Francisco Bay Area high schools. He holds a BA from the University of Redlands and has many graduate units in history at UC Berkeley. He has served as a writing consultant to the State of California and worked with Educational Testing Service to establish essay-scoring programs. Since 1984, Brock has been a full-time freelance writer, and is the author of numerous articles and reviews, many of them about early baseball and/or Mark Twain.He is an accomplished public speaker on the subjects of the Red Stockings, early baseball in general, and his experience in researching those pioneer pros. He is heavily involved in the world of baseball, attending Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) regional meetings and occasionally national conventions, as well as other baseball organizations' functions.Darryl Brock lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and daughter.
“The wonderful story that commenced in If I Never Get Back rolls onward … a marvelous historical yarn!”—Greg Rhodes, director Cincinnati Reds Baseball Museum“Smartly written historical adventure … a worthy addition to Brock’s lineup of baseball novels.” —The Sacramento BeeAny lover of the American Pastime will find this novel gripping and engaging. The research is impeccable.… I cannot encourage you enough to run out an grab a copy of both novels and jump right in.”—Vintage Base Ball Association