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R. S. Allen was born and reared in East Tennessee during the last two decades of segregation. Like a lot of kids that grew up in the 1950 s, he envisioned himself one day wearing pin stripes. In 1953 at age 9 he saw a pitcher he would try to emulate into his teens. Then and for all the years that followed he wondered why this pitcher pitched in a league not worthy of his talent. Following almost 30 years as an investigator, half of it as an FBI Agent, and another 10 years as a business owner, he found the time to answer this lingering unanswered question.
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741449862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741449863
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,432,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R. S. (Bob) Allen, age 70, was born and reared in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. An athlete in his youth, Bob, after a federal law enforcement career, would years later return to his roots and author "Schoolboy: Jim Tugerson: Ace of the '53 Smokies," the story of a major league talent who had been denied his right to pitch because of skin color. His second effort, "The Perry's Camp Murders," (with Steve O. Watson) details a 1949 double homicide motivated by revenge and robbery at Gatlinburg's first tourist court. "Murder in Harrill Hills," Bob's latest, details an unsolved 1951 Knoxville homicide, its evidence and suspects, and then challenges the reader to weigh the evidence and reach their own conclusion.

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This book is really well written and it is evident that substantial research was involved in compiling account. Care was taken in validating facts from the story. The story is very compelling and really does an excellent job describing events that took place to an athlete that never was given a fair shot to maximize his talents. It is also a story about a person who never let unfairness and bigotry determine who he was or what kind of person he could be. I recommend this book to both fans of the history of baseball or to anyone who enjoys learning about remarkable people in our midst.
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