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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments, xi

Foreword by Jim Morris, xvii

Introduction by John C. Skipper, xix

Chapter 1: The Letter, 1

Chapter 2: July 21, 1941, 7

Chapter 3: The Corner of Matthew and Mulberry, 15

Chapter 4: Sunday, July 22, 1940, 23

Chapter 5: Monday, August 6, 1940, 28

Chapter 6: A Day of Infamy, 35

Chapter 7: In the Navy. 45

Chapter 8: Team Navy!, 51

Chapter 9: North Africa, 56

Chapter 10: Casablanca, 63

Chapter 11: War Games, 67

Chapter 12: Rumors, 75

Chapter 13: Reunion, 79

Chapter 14: U-505, 87

Chapter 15: Norfolk, 102

Chapter 16: Camp Ruston, Louisiana, 107

Chapter 17: Playing with the Enemy, 115

Chapter 18: The Berlin Bombers, 120

Chapter 19: We Have Guns!, 123

Chapter 20: Kraut Ball!, 129

Chapter 21: Fighting with the Enemy, 135

Chapter 22: The Final Innings, 145

Chapter 23: The Friendship Game, 153

Chapter 24: The Broken Purple Heart, 169

Chapter 25: Branch Rickey, 173

Chapter 26: Home, Again, 177

Chapter 27: Reality, 185

Chapter 28: Return of a War Hero, 190

Chapter 29: The Letter Arrives, 202

Chapter 30: Dark Night of the Soul, 208

Chapter 31: Resurrection, 216

Chapter 32: Reporting to Greenville, 222

Chapter 33: The Second Shot, 232

Chapter 34: Getting Back the Game, 237

Chapter 35: I Heard You Was a Hitter, 242

Chapter 36: The Perfect Day, 249

Chapter 37: The Day After Perfection, 256

Chapter 38: Frank Boudreau, 262

Chapter 39: Sacrifice Play, 270

Chapter 40: Is That the Story You Expected to Hear?, 280

Chapter 41: Old Friends, 286

Chapter 42: The Death of the Boy Who Loved to Catch, 294

Postscript, 300