New York Times Bestseller
Short-listed for the PEN-ESPN Literary Award
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 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 St. Louis Cardinals’ All-Star Yadier — became Major League catchers 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. But craving his beloved father’s respect, Bengie weathered failure after deflating failure, at one point earning money by picking cauliflower in the Arizona heat.
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.
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