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The long-awaited new novel from the author of If I Never Get Back-"poignant and humorous, Havana Heat moves with the crispness of a perfectly turned double play." (The Cincinnati Post)

The author of If I Never Get Back returns with a new novel set in the golden age of baseball. Havana Heat takes readers back to 1911 America, where thirty-six-year-old Luther Taylor, legendar
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Published May 1st 2002 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 2000)
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MacK
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.
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Drtaxsacto
Dec 20, 2016 Drtaxsacto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was originally recommended in the book read earlier in the year by John Sexton, who taught a course on Baseball as a way to God at NYU. It is the fictional story of Luther (Dummy) Taylor a deaf right handed pitcher for the Giants who was a contemporary of Christy Mathewson and his attempt to get back to the bigs late in his career.

Taylor was a real major league player who spent about six seasons with the McGraw teams of the Giants. The book goes through the early stages of his career
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Swanbender2001
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
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Ed Quigley
Oct 04, 2013 Ed Quigley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ed
Aug 10, 2008 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
David
Aug 30, 2008 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 15, 2013 Chris Burland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kevin Bachovchin
Mar 11, 2014 Kevin Bachovchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book about the early days of baseball.
Paige
Nov 16, 2010 Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know nothing about the Cuban culture and this was really interesting, as well as fun.
Jorge
Aug 25, 2012 Jorge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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