About Screwballs & Short Hops: Four Classic Base-Ball Stories by Tracy Tomkowiak
The History of Baseball Turned on its Head—Four Vintage Tales in One Volume!
BIG LEAGUE BALDERDASH: A rollicking tale of the first four decades of baseball with dozens of player profiles and in the center of it all a colossal clash between the rich and powerful industrialist J.B. Sterne and the pugnacious beer baron Pete Schnockerd—with the entire future of the game up for grabs.
VS.: Speaking of clashes, two hard-scrabble baseball rivals, Chester Deevers and Bill “Spit” Mullansky duke it out with their teams in a no-holds-barred playoff contest to see who survives each other’s blatant cheating. Chock full of foul language, over-the-top antics and sudden bursts of violence, this is vintage baseball at its finest!
BARNSTORMIN’: Flynt Doyle is down on his luck. Once a star outfielder for the Chicago Unions, he’s now been kicked out of the game for his habitual drunkenness and his only way back in is to manage the hapless Baltimore Federals, the worst team ever to play. Follow Doyle as he drags the team across the country on a barnstorming tour in search of a way out of their misfortune.
LEFT FIELD: The baseball era of the 19th century has long been forgotten, but an odd bit of memorabilia has managed to pop back into the present day.
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Tracy Tomkowiak is the creator of the series American Film-Flam and the upcoming book, Canis. He likes to poke fun at some of our long-established institutions and cultural norms using biting humor and satire. But he also likes to write lighthearted stories about people’s everyday aspirations and disappointments as they make their way through life. Tracy is the publisher and jack of all trades for Alden Press Books, including the cover and art designer. He lives in the Chicago area.