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Molina : The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty
by Bengie Molina and Joan Ryan


Overview - New York Times Bestseller

"It's this year's baseball book most likely to be made into a terrific movie." -- The Chicago Tribune

"Affecting...A simply told, deeply moving story, quite unlike the usual baseball book." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A baseball rules book.  Read more...


 
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Overview
New York Times Bestseller

"It's this year's baseball book most likely to be made into a terrific movie." --The Chicago Tribune

"Affecting...A simply told, deeply moving story, quite unlike the usual baseball book." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A baseball rules book. A tape measure. A lottery ticket.

These were in the pocket of Bengie Molina's father when he died of a heart attack on the rutted Little League field in his Puerto Rican barrio. The items serve as thematic guideposts in Molina's beautiful memoir about his father, who through baseball taught his three sons about loyalty, humility, courage, and the true meaning of success.

Bengie and his two brothers--Jose and six-time All-Star Yadier--became famous catchers in the Major Leagues and have six World Series championships among them. Only the DiMaggio brothers can rival the Molinas as the most accomplished siblings in baseball history.

Bengie was the least likely to reach the Majors. He was too slow, too sensitive, and too small. But craving his beloved father's respect, Bengie weathered failure after deflating failure until one day he was hoisting a World Series trophy in a champagne-soaked clubhouse. All along he thought he was fulfilling his father's own failed dream of baseball glory--only to discover it had not been his father's dream at all.

Written with the emotional power of sports classics such as Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights, Molina is a love story between a formidable but flawed father and a son who, in unearthing answers about his father's life, comes to understand his own.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781451641042
  • ISBN-10: 1451641044
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Page Count: 272
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Sports - General
Books > Sports & Recreation > Baseball - General
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-06-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

More than a standard baseball memoir, this glowing tribute to Molina's father, Pai, rates as one of the most heartfelt, earnest accounts of a son assuming his father's dream of reaching the major leagues. Molina, teamed with journalist Ryan, writes with warmth and respect of the father who trained his three sons in the lessons of baseball in a barrio in a small Puerto Rican town, grooming them to become All-Star catchers in major leagues. Carrying Pai's pro ball dreams, Molina played for the Anaheim Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, and San Francisco Giants. No baseball position requires as much stamina, pain tolerance, and skill as the catcher, which all three Molina brothers played, leaving them with swollen hands and bruised limbs. Molina soldiers through the challenges of breaking through professionally to two World Championship rings and two Gold Glove Awards, after laboring in the minors and contending with a strained marriage and the financial needs of a family. In precise and thoughtful prose, Molina celebrates his famous bloodline as well as his own success, mastering the game behind home plate with skill and style for the enjoyment of the fans. (June)

 
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