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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press (September 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558498435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558498433
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marty Dobrow is a patient listener and sure-eyed observer as he sketches these portraits of a half-dozen people beguiled by baseball. The result is as lively, intimate, and engrossing a book as Hoop Dreams was a movie.

(Alexander Wolff, senior writer, Sports Illustrated and author of Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure)

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)

About the Author

Marty Dobrow is associate professor of journalism at Springfield College. He writes regularly on sports for the Boston Globe and other publications, and four of his pieces have earned recognition in Houghton Mifflin's Best American Sports Writing series.


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Richard Andersen
This compelling book is a must read for all baseball fans, but anyone who likes people stories will enjoy it.
Deb Scherban
A really well-written look and the road from draft pick to the pros for baseball player.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard Andersen on November 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
If Marty Dobrow's "Knocking on Heaven's Door: Six Minor Leaguers in Search of the Baseball Dream" was just about baseball, it would be just another boring, cliche-ridden book about the sport that appears daily in the columns of our newspapers and in the knee-jerk reactions of the commentators who popularize our websites. Loaded with enough about baseball to please even the most erudite and devoted afficianado, "Knocking on Heaven's Door" is also an interesting, insightful, thought-provoking comment on the state of contemporary American values. What we believe to be important and where we pin our hopes for the future. It's also very well written. Literary journalism as it was meant to be, it calls to mind the early, powerful work of writers such as Joan Didion, Tom Wolfe, and Sara Davidson. The kind of effort that presents its metaphors so subtly that we're not always aware of them until long after we've finished reading, and they're still lingering in our minds' eyes. Buy it, read it, savor it, and pass it on to others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Epstein on April 23, 2011
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What the novice baseball fan won't realize is that for the most part, the profiles in the book are about successful players who acheived a great deal in their careers as athletes. The novice fan only acknowledges established major league players as successful. This book brings to light many facts about the sport, like 90% of professional players never appear in a major league game and the rigors of playing the minors. There are a great many talented baseball players that for a litany of reasons and circumstances never made it to the majors. This book profiles a number of players that made it to the majors in a way that is far more typical than most people think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deb Scherban on December 14, 2010
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This compelling book is a must read for all baseball fans, but anyone who likes people stories will enjoy it. Through the vivid experiences of six minor league players, Marty Dobrow offers an unvarnished view of the low levels of professional baseball and how the experience affects the young men so many envy. It is an astounding revelation. Dobrow is a wonderful writer, and if it had wider exposure, "Knocking on Heaven's Door" would be a best-seller.
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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. The other stories here also have deep and fascinating insight on what life is like to climb the ladder--and maybe not make it--to the major leagues. It's just so darn hard and unpredictable... but it's just so darn fascinating.
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I just finished reading Knocking On Heaven's Door and recommend it to anyone looking for a great read! I purchased it last week while traveling and couldn't put it down. Marty Dubrow did a such wonderful job, creating a story that is both entertaining and informative... telling six different stories that have some clear similarities but making each player come to life and feel unique. The individual stories were so compelling and the book structure made me look forward to seeing each unfold during a common period of time.

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.
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