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Extra Innings: He was the greatest hitter of all time. Cryonics brought him back to life in 2092. Would he use this second chance to win his first World Series or to become a better man? Paperback – April 3, 2012

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He’s baaack! Ninety years after his death Teddy Ballgame retakes center stage, swinging a bat for the Red Sox, flying jets for the Marines and swearing up a blue streak. If you like baseball, science fiction, or a good thriller, Extra Innings is the book for you. It is Shoeless Joe Hardy meets Isaac Asimov. No need to wait to see if the science of cryonics will bring Ted Williams back to life. Bruce Spitzer already has.”
Dick Flavin, Poet Laureate of the Boston Red Sox, featured with Ted Williams in David Halberstam’s best-selling book The Teammates

"Over the years, many people have wondered just how much greater Ted Williams would have been if he were not called away to war, or if he had played in another era. Now, thanks to Bruce Spitzer, we know."
-- Jim Lonborg, Cy Young Award-winning Red Sox pitcher and member
of the 1967 "Dream Team"


"I knew Ted Williams, Ted Williams was a friend of mine--this is Ted Williams."
--Bob Lobel, Boston sportscaster who once interviewed Ted Williams,

Larry Bird and Bobby Orr together in the same studio


"Bruce Spitzer has reverse-engineered the brain of Ted Williams, reanimated a great American, and created a novel with memories intact."
--Ray Kurzweil, inventor/author/futurist

“Ooh-rah! for Extra Innings, and boy what a ride. Ted Williams needed no more heroics to add to his service record flying in WWII and Korea, but Bruce Spitzer gives him a stunning new mission in Extra Innings. The novel and the author deserve a special salute for highlighting the leadership of the real man for a new generation, and brilliantly imagining his return to contribute once more to the proud tradition of the United States Marine Corps. Semper Fidelis, ‘Caveman.’ ”
Col. Andrew J. Ley USMCR (ret.), F-4 and A-4 driver, and former CO of VMA 322

Six Fenway Park Books Worth Reading:
Extra Innings: "Sheer ballsiness."
-- Matthew Reed Baker, Boston Magazine


“Spitzer seamlessly mixes fact with fiction.”
Publishers Weekly

"In bookstores, readers get a glimpse of a world in which another icon, Ted Williams, lives again. Bruce E. Spitzer's Extra Innings imagines the Kid revived, in 2092, using cryonics. So, what's Williams up to? Batting against "Botwinder" robots and piloting jets in a war."
--Sports Illustrated Magazine

About the Author

Bruce E. Spitzer is a public relations executive, magazine editor and columnist. His writing has won awards from the New England Press Association, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Publicity Club of Boston. He is a graduate of Boston University and Rutgers and lives in the Boston area. Extra Innings is his first novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Bear Hill Media (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984956905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984956906
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,541,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am glad that I got this book for free because I wasn't able to read through the book at all. The characters seemed underdeveloped and not believable.
This almost reads like a children s story; where there is not enough back story.The reader is just left to think that everything is hunky dory. Many times I was left wondering why nothing was explained. The Ted Williams character seemed to take everything in stride and to me, that just was not believable in any way.
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I think most people were shocked to learn shortly after the death of Ted Williams that his body had been cryogenically preserved. I suppose we all assumed that Mr. Williams, or members of his family, hoped that he would some day be brought "back to life." Then, most of us shrugged and said, "Yeah, right." Well what if exactly that was to happen near the end of this century? What would Ted think? What would he do? This is the proposition around which Bruce Spitzer builds his new novel, Extra Innings.

Some ninety years after his death, Ted Williams wakes up in a hospital wondering how he got there. Frankly, his doctors, not really expecting quite such a successful "reanimation," are soon almost as shocked as Ted himself. Accounting for Ted's relatively quick recovery of a fully functioning body is that his head has been affixed to the body of a young tennis professional who was killed in an accident that conveniently (for Ted, not for the tennis pro), destroyed his head in the process of killing him.

Although the set-up for all of this is a little long, particularly as it involves Ted's physical therapy work in the hospital, don't give up on it because you will miss the fun if you do. Extra Innings might be closer to a stand-up triple than a home run, I never complain about good, solid triples. Just as in real life, Ted's story has two distinct chapters: an illustrious baseball career interrupted by service to his country at the behest of the United States Marines. In fact, I felt a little like the Ted Williams character himself when the book suddenly shifted from a baseball story to a war story. As the fictional Ted Williams put it, "It was as if his life was a novel, a baseball novel, and in the middle of it an entirely different book broke out.
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Anyone who is a Red Sox fan or was when Teddy Ballgame was playing will enjoy this. Maybe someday it won't be considered fiction, but now it just made for a fun read. It covered the facts of Ted's days in baseball pretty well early on, and a fan could see it playing out the way it did. Not great literature but a fun diversion.
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This is really a great read! It's a book that asks the question "Given a second chance, what would any of us do differently?" It is a cross-genre novel: part sports, military thriller, and speculative (science) fiction. I cannot believe the imagination of Bruce. Love it and recommend it to everyone!
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If you like baseball and/or science fiction, this is a must read. Is it plausible or even possible? Is it credible or incredible? That's for you, the reader, to decide. One thing is for sure: It's a walkoff, bottom of the 9th, home run.

Ken Briden, author of A PLACE CALLED TEXAS
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As a die hard Yankee fan the very idea of Ted Williams coming back to life is a true horror story.But in this case [fiction...just like 2004 I might add] it is a good thing.
Mr Spitzer is obviously a Bosox fan and a pretty good story teller.There were a lot of ideas brought forward here and he could have expanded many of them.
His vision of what the United States was like as global warming takes place is one of those themes that I think he could devote a whole book to.
As a person who feels that the designated hitter should be revoked I liked some of his take on baseball in the future. A good read Now if we could only bring back The Babe.......
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars - very good

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When baseball legend Ted Williams died in 2002, his son John Henry wanted to preserve the DNA that made him one of the greatest hitters in the history of Major League Baseball. A process called cryogenics was used to preserve his genetic makeup. But could this really be used to recreate a baseball legend?

Bruce Spitzer's novel "Extra Innings" gives us a glimpse of what might happen with this science. In the year 2092, William's head and brain are surgically attached to the body of a young tennis player who died in an accident. The surgery is performed at the CryoCorp headquarters by the world-renowned Dr. Elizabeth Miles. What follows is a story that covers many topics and may even be considered a futuristic biography of Williams.

Being a reader of sports books first and foremost, I was not disappointed with the baseball aspects of the book. These did not take place until about 25% into the book, as Williams had to first adjust to his new body in a new era. Major League Baseball is much different than during the "first" Williams' time, with teams all over the globe, a longer season of 200 games thanks to warmer weather, and the elimination of human pitchers. His introduction to the "Botwinder", the robot pitchers who use technology to throw fastballs at 120 miles per hour, was one of the many humorous parts of the book.

Another aspect of the game that is addressed is the use of performance enhancing drugs. In 2093, the first season in which Williams plays for the Boston Red Sox, every player is using some form of a drug. Williams staunchly refuses to do so, and initially performs remarkably well without them.
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