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Knocking on Heaven's Door: Six Minor Leaguers in Search of the Baseball Dream Paperback – September 24, 2010
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"The best account of the life of minor league baseball players I have read. The reader feels the despair of each player's struggles and the joys of their eventual successes, however brief they may be."―Jerome Mileur, former owner of the Harrisburg Senators and author of High-Flying Birds: The 1942 St. Louis Cardinals
"This book is definitely worth a read."―The Recorder
"Knocking on Heaven's Door is an insightful journey through the minors, providing access most of us will never have to future big leaguers."―Baseball America
"Dobrow does an excellent job telling the stories of each of the young players, and establishes their personalities, quirks and all, so we have an idea of what makes each man tick. . . . Marty Dowbrow's Knocking on Heaven's Door: Six Minor Leaguers in Search of the Baseball Dream is a book that all baseball fans will want to read, certainly in the summer, as the minor leaguers are working toward their dream, but perhaps even more so in the winter, during that long hibernation bwtween baseball seasons."―NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture
"Dobrow's first book is a beautifully written, meticulously orchestrated account of the families, common agents, notable triumphs, and devastating failures of half a dozen talented young men who want to play in the Major Leagues. A veteran sports writer, Dobrow reveals an insider's instinct, a high level of compassion, and finds the drama in the dream of "making it big."―Publishers Weekly
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I bought the book while I was in North Carolina picking-up my daughter from summer camp. While I was there I drove a couple hours away to take in the Charlotte Knights vs. Durham Bulls AAA game and, ironically, I noticed Matt Torra on the Bulls roster... one of the players featured in Marty's book... which made the story feel that much more real.
A big thanks to Marty for shining the light on the challenges of life in the minors, while still inspiring us with examples of individual perseverance that keeps this special game alive.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well thought out and put together. Well written and researched. Prob ought to love baseball....Published 10 months ago by Michael Wentworth
I'm a friend of Charlie Zink and a knuckleball fan, and this book gave me a real feel for what he went through to make it to the major leagues. Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Dave Clark
At first, I thought I might be biased because one of the six players covered is a former Red Sox pitcher from small-town Mass. Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by Dursin
A really well-written look and the road from draft pick to the pros for baseball player. I learned a lot about the long road and poor odds for baseball draft picks to make it to... Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by Lazyboy