Meet the gods as the decide how they want to organize a baseball team along with the great Aristotle who wants to be in charge. Enter Raymond Blythe who shows up and talks about creating the perfect baseball stadium, but the gods have their own ideas, and this is where it gets interesting. The story is told during many time periods as we go back to when the Gods wanted to create the perfect game, when Raymond Blythe is sent back with them, and we meet Charles Shoeshine Henry.
Our narrator Charles “Shoeshine” Henry relates the story and the events of the Blythes and their amazing baseball team the Winasook Irone Horses. He allows readers to gain an insight into American History as presented by him and how it all began. Raymond Blythe loved baseball and looking to understand the meanings behind an unusual dream that featured giant creatures with Greek names playing baseball he went in search of what this meant. He wanted to understand what the connection was to baseball, Theodore Roosevelt, Iowan and his late father. Searching for these answers the author takes us inside the Carnegie Library in Pittsburg where he meets and falls in love with Rochelle Christy, a librarian. Love at first sight, both had a passion for baseball he decides a way and devises a plan to not only win her heart and marry her but to create and form his own baseball league in the Allegheny Mountains. The Mythology of Baseball is the story of how the gods of baseball created the game and how and why Blythe decides to build a stadium and name it after Rochelle. But there is much more to this story after he explains to his uncle Amos that he wants him to buy out his stocks and gets a huge sum of money overall as she begins his new life. Mr. Dapper is a strong character who has worked for him as his assistant for many years. Rochelle’s father loses his job at the bank and Raymond hires him on to manage his new team. The stadium is no longer there but the author takes us back to where it all began and then Shoeshine in the present meets the lost players who come to life as spirits in different situations.
When that is accomplished and he has an assistant to help him, the situations dealing with the gods of baseball become front and center in the novel. Rochelle has a way of dreaming up what you might call pranks or egging on the managers of the opposition and sometimes it works and at other times it backfires. But they do win their first game but lose quite a few afterwards. The author relates some information in his research notes about the game, the gods and the history of the team. He also allows us to meet Teddy Roosevelt III at Chautauqua Institution and what happens there is priceless when he tells expresses his feelings about baseball and that FDR never went to one. To challenge him and try and change his mind Rochelle’s father challenges him to hit three pitches and if he does Blythe will donate 1000 to his campaign.
My favorite character Bess is brought back through her grandson who was Raymond’s line in maid but really the mother he had in her own way throughout his life. Bess never wanted to go to Pittsburg and there were reasons that she never divulged and someone special that was in her life and yet she could not bring herself to speak or talk to this person. But, when the first game was being played at Greenlee Field in Pittsburg’s Hill District in 1932 she insisted on attending. Imagine meeting Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson. The Pittsburgh Crawfords beat the Homestead Grays, but she had an underlining reason for wanting to attend the game. Secrets are not only within her heart and mind but inside the baseball diamond.
Charles goes to verify the document that was given to him that he owns the trust of Raymond and Rochelle Blythe. The county clerk, Winnie declares it invalid but when he comes out and tells her he says Raymond Chapman, her father, who is dead but a spirit the story and the directions take on a different tone.
Then Winnie became part of his journey to find the lost team and learn more about how her father was killed. Each time he traveled to various places something happened and he saw a player from the lost team who approached him for varied reasons. Myth 5 is exciting as it deals with the Rion Horses and now Aristotle wants to create the perfect game and team. Go back to the time and watch as the Iron Horses vs the World a game that Rochelle invented with bring a special smile to your face but just how many pitches will the pitcher pitch until the last out? Things get interesting when he visits his son, sees Mary and his grandson but what Tommy does will endear you to him as he decides to take the ride and the trip with his grandfather and Winnie and what he learns is priceless.
WP Kinsella has done his last thing to him as the story continues and this man ruins his office, gets into his house, ruins his rental car and is determined to take down Shoeshine. The scenes with the Gods are priceless as we get to learn more about baseball from a unique perspective yet no different than what it is now.
Troy Maxon; OF, Octavius Catta:2B, Ray Chapman: SS” Winnie’s father
James Devlin groundskeeper
There are many more he will encounter before you learn if he finds the lost team. Batting order: First: Octavius Catto, second, James Devlin, Third: James Creighton, fourth Ray Chapman, fifth, Troy Maxson, sixth: William Edward White, Seventh: Charlie Grant but what about the last two? That you the reader will learn when you watch the game between the Gods and the Humans and find out what happens. Teddy Roosevelt, Tommy, Mary, his family and Shoeshine enter as the Gods vs. the Humans and the ending will endear you to the game of baseball and the Umpire: Barker who controlled it all and what about the stadium that the Gods created? Author Mark Sasse takes us into many worlds, many places, explains the game of baseball through different eyes and in the end where is Kinsella?
What is next for this team? Where will Charles Henry be next? What about Tommy? Find out if the find the Lost Lineup a bizarre adventure you want to experience and their chance for a shot of redemption. Characters right out of the past, a young boy who is an inspiration and Greek Gods that act almost like humans who are competitive and will take no prisoners. The Lost Lineup: meet the players .
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