“Any team can have a bad century.” (Jack Brickhouse, Chicago Cubs TV Announcer, 1948-81) Which is more important, tradition or victory? Rachel Caravetti, a star athlete with gaps in her past, pushes professional baseball to answer that question. She has the pitch to win. Does baseball have the guts to hire her? The owner of the Chicago Cubs is dying of cancer. He is desperate for his team to make it into the World Series, but the team’s relief pitching is hurting. Kevin Boswell, the slumping ace pitcher, stands to lose his job if Rachel succeeds; he is also the only man Rachel has ever loved. To what lengths will the devious manager of the Cubs, the commissioner of baseball and Mike’s scheming granddaughter go to keep Rachel out of professional baseball? In this struggle for a World Series Cub appearance, anger, skill, fear, dreams and raw talent lock in deadly battle. The beloved “Friendly Confines” cradles the last dreams of a dying man and the struggling romance between two people who love baseball as much as they love each other. On its pitcher’s mound, Rachel faces her deepest fear and learns that her biggest challenge has nothing to do with baseball.
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K.P. Gresham, author of the Pastor Matt Hayden Mystery series and Three Days at Wrigley Field, moved to Texas as quick as she could. Born Chicagoan, K.P. and her husband moved to Texas, fell in love with not shoveling snow and are 30+ year Lone Star State residents. She finds that her dual country citizenship, the Midwest and Texas, provide deep fodder for her award-winning novels. Her varied careers as a media librarian and technical director, middle school literature teacher and theatre playwright and director add humor and truth to her stories. A graduate of Houston’s Rice University Novels Writing Colloquium, K.P. now resides in Austin, Texas, where life with her tolerant but supportive husband and narcissistic Chihuahua is acceptably weird.