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Havana Heat

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Deaf-mute pitcher Luther Dummy Taylor won 115 games for the New York Giants during the golden age of baseball (1900 to 1908). Brock's novel picks up Taylor's story in 1911 when Taylor is unsure what to do with his life after his pitching arm gives way to younger talent.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Plume (first published 2000)
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At the risk of making a broad, unprovable generalization, I would say that there are two kinds of baseball nerds: one fixates on the numbers, analyzing statistics, records and quantifying good, better and best. The other fixates on the words, the language, the stories and the histories qualifying excellence through anecdotes and legacies. I am very much the second kind of nerd, which is why I love baseball literature of all genres, lengths and reputations.

Darryl Brock is clearly a nerd like me.
Aug 05, 2009 Swanbender2001 rated it liked it
narrated by Tom Parker 9 hours 8 minutes A rewarding slice of baseball and American history from the author of If I Never Get Back.
Shea and I enjoyed listening to the audio version of this book.
Dummy Taylor was a good man at war with himself and the choices he made and these are good lessons for a growing boy to experience through the eyes and ears of fiction and the sport he loves. This story also touched on the racism in Cuba and the States and the fact that the deaf Cuban boy was a phenomenal
Ed Quigley
Aug 12, 2015 Ed Quigley rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for decent historical fiction baseball book and this is a decent one. It can't compare to Mr. Brock's first novel If I Never Get Back but that might be because that novel is one of my all-time favorites. This book takes a unique interesting and real life person as its protagonist and puts him in a "fictional?" setting. Ok, the lines between fact and fiction are blurred but it's a fun read.
Aug 12, 2009 Ed rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: baseball fans
This is a fictionalized story of Dummy Taylor, a deaf pitcher from the early 1900's who pitched for the New York Giants. The characters are, for the most part, actual players and personalities from that era. Taylor is trying to make a comeback with the Giants after arm troubles forced him out of the game. He gains a spot on the traveling team that goes to Cuba for an exhibition series, leaving his frustrated wife behind, and finds more than just a little adventure on and off the field.
Aug 30, 2008 David rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves baseball fiction
Yet another terrific baseball novel by Darryl Brock. An historical novel that captures the look and feel of baseball in the early part of the twentieth century, and has the added wrinkle of involving Cuba and a main character who does not hear or speak. Currently out of print, regrettably.
Chris Burland
Sep 04, 2013 Chris Burland rated it really liked it
Very good slice of life weaving real people with fictious and fictional story. Darryl Brock does a great job weaving a story of love, hope and sadness in the complex world of baseball.
Aug 25, 2012 Jorge rated it really liked it
A great Summer novel for baseball fans. Well written and exciting. Gives you a glimpse of Major League baseball and Cuba in the early 1900's.
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