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A Chance to Win: An Ex-Con, a Little League Team, and the Quest to Redeem an American City
by Jonathan Schuppe (Goodreads Author)
When Rodney Mason, an ex-con drug dealer from Newark's rough South Ward, was shot and paralyzed, he vowed to turn his life around. A former high-school pitching ace with a 93 mph fastball, Mason decided to form a Little League team to help boys avoid the street life that had claimed his youth and mobility. In A Chance to Win, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jonathan Schu ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Picador
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This is a true story. It is difficult to read because one wants things to be – or to become --different from what they are. One wants happy endings not just for the individuals depicted in this book but also for all the others who struggle with similar life journeys. It is a book worth reading because it educates about the stresses of life in the inner city and the strength required to keep going. My heart really went out to the youngsters whose lives are so challenging.
I'm a former reporter for the Newark Star-Ledger, where I shared a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Gov. Jim McGreevey's downfall. In 2008, the University of Colorado and the Denver Press Club honored me with the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting. That year, I covered a story that became the book A Chance to Win, which won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize, given by the Columbia Journa ...moreMore about Jonathan Schuppe...