Safe at Home

Safe at Home The spring of started out like any other for sports columnist Jack Hall as he and the rest of his small southern town Whitney eagerly awaited the magical first pitch that would open the Bobcat s

  • Title: Safe at Home
  • Author: Richard Doster
  • ISBN: 9781434700100
  • Page: 127
  • Format: Paperback
  • The spring of 53 started out like any other for sports columnist Jack Hall, as he and the rest of his small southern town, Whitney, eagerly awaited the magical first pitch that would open the Bobcat s season But when ticket sales wane with the new distractions of air conditioning and I Love Lucy, the Bobcats face an early end not only to the season but to their careers aThe spring of 53 started out like any other for sports columnist Jack Hall, as he and the rest of his small southern town, Whitney, eagerly awaited the magical first pitch that would open the Bobcat s season But when ticket sales wane with the new distractions of air conditioning and I Love Lucy, the Bobcats face an early end not only to the season but to their careers as well The team needs a white knight to save them and ironically, that white knight seems to be a 17 year old colored kid , Percy Jackson, who s got a.364 batting average and has never seen a grounder he couldn t chase down.Not everyone not even most people though can wrap their heads around an integrated baseball field, even if they have seen them on TV This is Whitney Things don t change and they don t need to change Do they Hearts, minds, faith and tradition will be tested as will friendships and marriages when this sleepy southern town comes to grips with itself amid the early years of the Civil Rights Movement.

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    • Mel says:

      This was one of the best books I've ever read. It's the story of a small town in the South struggling with the concept of integration in the mid-1950s. The local minor league team is losing money, so the owner decided to bring in the first African American player. This one act sends ripples through both sides of town shattering their delusions of harmony forever.I like that the author chose to make this story real. The characters are complex. This is no Disneyesque, everyone gets along story. It [...]

    • Tammy says:

      A solid read. The characters, plot, and writing are just OK, but what made it interesting for me was the history. I gained a lot of understanding of the culture of the South and the atmosphere of the civil rights movement. It was worth reading just for that.

    • Pam says:

      Have recommended to several people. Very good read.

    • Mary says:

      I liked this story since I grew up during the 50s and 60s when there was so much unrest between blacks and whites. Although I did not live in the deep south where this story takes place, I still lived on the east coast south of the Mason-Dixon line. :) I really would like to read Richard Doster's sequel to this story where he has mentioned that this newspaper writer (Jack) becomes a friend and somewhat involved with Martin Luther King, Jr. Sounds interesting to me. :)

    • Fran says:

      Safe at HomeBy Richard DosterPercy Jackson is a 17-year-old third-baseman who has a battling average that any major leaguer would envy. He has a great swing, can pitch and is an all around player. But, he has a major strike against him. He is black. Back in 1953, in the small town of Whitney where everyone knew everyone’s business, having a black man on the town’s baseball team was unheard of. In 1953 prejudice is a disease as deadly as Aids. It spread through small, Southern towns, igniting [...]

    • Ben says:

      An engaging fictional read of an African-American teenager playing minor league baseball in the segregated south. Written from the view of a white sports writer for a small town newspaper and the inequalities of a racially divided town. It's loosely based on true stories and events.

    • Angel Parrish says:

      Got this ebook for freeybe from Vessel Project? I'm not sure.This is a Christian book by a Christian author. It's not preachy, just involves a man who is saved and wants to do the right thing and considers what God would have him do. But that's about as far as it goes.As for the book itself, the story is solid. It's a practical and realistic look at the South in the early days of desegregation. The middle drags out a bit, and the ending is abrupt. There were characters introduced near the end th [...]

    • Rose Cimarron says:

      I didn't fully understand all the baseball talk - but I'm not an American, and I'm sticking to that excuse! However, I don't think that my lack of understanding spoiled the book, since the explanations that went along with the descriptions helped and the point wasn't so much the play, but what happened around the play.Safe at Home is not an easy read for someone who has grown up in a reasonably integrated society (I realise it's not perfect, however, I argue that all societies are works in progr [...]

    • Debra says:

      I felt strangely drawn to this book about baseball and civil rights in the 1950's south. I have never been very interested in baseball except as a way to relate to my husband and son. However, it didn't take long before the writer's easy style and love of baseball began to pull me in to the human connections of the story. Even the writer's descriptions of games did spoil the story for me. Yes, this is a book about baseball, but even more it is about how we succeeded and more often failed as we'v [...]

    • Meghan says:

      I'm not really much of a baseball fan, but I enjoyed this book chronicling a southern small town minor league team as it pursued integration (and, by integration I mean adding one black player to the team) and the newspaper sports writer/narrator who loved his team. Set in the mid-to-late 50s, the narrator is a realistic character who struggles with balancing the lifestyle he likes and was raised in with the financial decline of his local team and the issue of integration. Reading this as a nort [...]

    • Mckenzi Wallace says:

      I chose this book because I enjoy learning about history and baseball is a sport I've player since I was young. This book did a great job of incorporating the two and was historically accurate. The book did have many flaws in my opinion. First, I had a very difficult time gettin into the book. It seemed to drag for chapters just introducing characters and towns. It was close to the 7th or 8th chapter before any segregation was brought up in a topic and it was quickly cut out. Second, the book is [...]

    • J.E. Jr. says:

      I really enjoyed reading through this novel by Richard Doster: a strong storyline, compelling and believable characters, and an underlying message that both encourage and challenge the heart. Set in the 50s in the deep South, Doster presents an indirect (and sometimes quite direct!) commentary on civil rights and the struggle of two vastly different cultures to come to grips with life together. At times the tale is surprising; yet had you told me this was a memoir instead of fiction, I would hav [...]

    • Judy says:

      Nice read. Story of a Southern small town sports writer who faces many decisions regarding the civil rights movement. Baseball is the medium used to first integrate African Americans into white culture. Jack Hall is initially for this because he believes it will save the local semi-professional team financially because of the additional African American fans who will attend. This is typical of the "right" choices that were made, but made for monetary reasons rather than to bring equality between [...]

    • Barbara says:

      This was a captivating story dealing with racial tension in the 1950's. The emotions, reactions, and decisions of a small southern town immerse the reader in the time period and the dilemma. Was having a negro player on the minor league baseball team enough to save the town's favorite pastime? Would that decision then lead to integration in other areas of life, which many didn't want? Both the African American and Caucasian points of view were presented and, as there would be in real life, both [...]

    • Denise says:

      You never know what you are going to get when you download a free book, but this was a really good book! The first line, "Four events have molded the world to its current form", was a great start.This is the story of a small town in the 1950's South whose minor league baseball team in struggling. It is decided by some that the only way to save the team is to integrate it. To most of the town, this was unthinkable. So this is the story of the people on both sides of the town, the 17 year black pl [...]

    • Sally Beaudean says:

      I was immediately taken in by the author's style and found myself reading with a Southern drawl. The baseball "play-by-play" descriptions were sensually enjoyable. My love of the game was enriched, and my understanding of just how much baseball's history is entwined with our country's history was magnified. I shared events and emotions with the characters -- sometimes angry, sometimes sad, many times flabbergasted. We've come a long way in our road to desegregation, and this story, with the back [...]

    • Kandi says:

      If you love baseball, you should read this book. If you are interested in civil rights, you should read this book. I will warn you though, kit is quite graphic about the way black people were treated in the mid 50's. It is well written from a sports writers view and a man who has to choose between telling the facts as they are about a young black man who is a brilliant baseball player. His family suffers just as the young black man's suffers. It is a shame how people in the town of Whitney could [...]

    • Dee ReneeChesnut says:

      This ebook was free when I downloaded it to my Nook library in 2012. I enjoyed this story of a sportswriter and other southern folk struggling with racial equality in 1953-1955. For those readers who find difficulty accepting Atticus Finch's character in "Go Set A Watchman," this book may make his struggle to get along with his neighbors more understandable. It was just coincidence I read these books near the same time.I liked this quote, "Baseball oozes through the man's pores like sweat throug [...]

    • Carter says:

      Using baseball as the backdrop for a much larger and greater story, Dick Doster has done a great job of capturing the conflict (both inner and outer, mental and physical) that surrounded (and still surround) the issue of racial segregation in the American South.Beyond that, this is a story about perseverance, dignity in the face of adversity and examining the flaws within ourselves that prevent us from seeing the world beyond the borders of our own own hometowns.

    • Amy says:

      Written by my uncle -- his first novel -- pretty cool!I reserve five starts for my very, very, very favorites. That being said, this was a great book! I cared about the characters and was impressed by the imagery (Remember when your creative writing teacher kept saying "show me, don't tell me"? Safe at Home does a wonderful job showing you the lives of its characters.)

    • A Michael says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed the story (and I am not even an ardent baseball fan). However, I found reading about the vitriolic defense of segregationism that existed in the South in the early to mid-1950's rather disturbing. So much has changed for the better in the past 60 years; and yet, society still needs to make further progress.

    • Michelle says:

      Doster does a really good job drawing you into these characters stuck in the turmoil and confusion of segregation in the South. It's centered around baseball, and gets into really good detail. It's centered around it, so I could see how those who don't know much about it or don't care about it wouldn't be enticed in the slightest.

    • Chuck says:

      A work of historical fiction that you can enjoy even if you are not a baseball fan. It discusses the integration of Black minor league baseball players into the minor leagues of baseball in the South during the early and mid fifties. A portrayal of just hard it was for these young men. Also a reminder of how far we have come in the last 60 years.

    • John says:

      A good book about breaking the color barrier in the minor leagues. Hard to believe, but after reading this I can actually see where we have made progress in race relations in this country. We still have lots of work to do, but I'm glad for the progress we have made.

    • Kate says:

      I thought that this was a thoughtful novel. Interesting perspective on the prelude to the racial unrest surrounding desegregation. I found the characters worth getting to know, and will continue to mull over their circumstances. I think that the author wrote a sequel which I will look up.

    • Marsha Bazan says:

      Well Id say it was a book worth reading. It made me feel sad, angry and happy in different parts. I still dont know if I like the main characters wife very much, but im on the second book now so Ill see how I feel after that one.

    • Patty says:

      The story was thoughtful and captured the mood of the times and the place - from what I know of them. But it was just a bit too pat, especially the main character, and I couldn't get beyond the inaccurate depiction of journalism - even small-town journalism of the 1950s - and a few other problems.

    • Rachel says:

      I enjoyed this book because it handles a different era and setting of history than what I was familiar with. The writing is pretty good, and the plot is strong throughout. The Christian principles are presented tastefully.

    • Reader says:

      Good novel except I wasn't really happy with the ending. But there is a sequel, so maybe I will like how the sequel ends.

    • Justin says:

      Great read, but then I have always enjoyed glimpses into desegregation in the South in the 20th century.

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