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September 6, 2013

THE PITCHER by William Elliott Hazelgrove



by William Elliott Hazelgrove

The Pitcher
Koehler Books (July 1, 2013)

(from Amazon)

What A Mother Won't Do For Her Son....
The Pitcher, is a classic story of baseball, the price of dreams, and the lessons of life. A mythic baseball story about a broken down World Series Pitcher is mourning over the death of his wife and an underprivileged Mexican-American boy who lives across the street and wants to learn to pitch. This is a mainstream contemporary novel about dreams lost and found. In the great tradition of books like, The Natural. This is a novel with the mythic themes, readability, and appeal to be a mainstream bestseller.

Ricky Hernandez dreams of making the high school baseball team.  He is a pitcher with an arm like a rocket. Ricky;s mother is dying and she asks the old World Series pitcher across the street to help Ricky. I was absolutely mesmerized by this book. This story is so much more than just a kid loving baseball. I came to admire Maria and her son, Ricky. I found myself urging Jack Langford, the pitcher along with Maria and Ricky , to keep going, not to give up. the author brings in topics such as illegal immigration, issues of health care and domestic violence.  Mr. Hazelgrove doesn't get preachy or pushy about it.  He just lays the topics out there for you to decide. The author wrote an amazing story of love and sticking to what you believe in, I'm hoping that everyone of all ages will read this wonderful book.  I can't say enough good about it.  Everyone, Ricky, his mother, the Pitcher all had their moment to shine.  Now it's time for the author to have his "moment to shine." Good honest story and a good understanding of children. Mr. Hazelgrove keep on writing.  We need good books, not only for the adults, but more so, for the children.

I would give this book 4 STARS

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook, THE PITCHER from the author, William Elliott Hazelgrove for this unbiased review.

William Elliott Hazelgrove
  • Legal name: William Elliott Hazelgrove
  • Birthdate: January 27, 1999 (age 14)
  • Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA
  • Nationality: USA
  • Gender: Male
  • Official Website:
  • Genres: Mainstream Literary
 I wrote my first novel out of college and didn't publish it until six years later. I gathered rejection letters like other people gather leaves and another three years passed before I published my second novel. I have been a janitor,waiter,real estate agent, broker, teacher, professor, construction worker, salesman...just about anything to keep on writing. Three years later I published my third novel. Then...I took a LONG BREAK and published my fourth book ten years later. WHOOPS. Oh well. I write in Ernest Hemingways Attic with the bats and the mice and the bees and the squirrels and Ernest old violin, trunk and books. Life could be worse. Rocket Man came out in December.

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