Growing up in a tiny shack in the Dominican Republic, Felipe Alou never dreamed he would be the first man to go from his country to play and manage in Major League Baseball and also the first to play in the World Series. Today, the Dominican Republic produces more Major League players than any country outside the United States.
In this extraordinary autobiography, Alou tells of his real dream: to become a doctor. An uncle was funding his university education when an improbable turn of events intervened at the 1955 Pan American Games. There as a track and field athlete, Alou was pressed into service on the baseball field to replace a player sent home for disciplinary reasons. A scout noticed Alou and offered him two hundred pesos to sign a pro contract. Battling racism in the United States and political turmoil in his home country, Alou persevered, paving the way for younger brothers Matty and Jesús and scores of other Dominicans, including his son Moisés. A fourth Alou brother, Juan, might have joined the historic trio if not for the improbable direction his own life took.
Alou played 17 years in the Major Leagues, accumulating more than 2,000 hits and 200 home runs, and then managed another 14 - four with the San Francisco Giants and 10 with the Montreal Expos - where he became the winningest manager in franchise history.
The book is published by University of Nebraska Press. The audiobook will be published by University Press Audiobooks.
What the critics say
"A worthwhile journey into baseball's history and the rich story of one remarkable baseball man." San Francisco Chronicle)
"This is a powerful memoir of a remarkable player who made a lasting impact on America's pastime." (Publishers Weekly)
"An engrossing book, with baseball as the background and the lessons from a remarkable life going well beyond the game." (USA Today)