Third Base for Life
A Memoir of Fathers, Sons, and Baseball
"Berkowitz got it right. He is a great storyteller . . . He told it like it is."—MLB Reports
"The book's got heart."—Tablet
"A uniquely Jewish story . . . The narrative made me laugh out loud, and it brought tears to my eyes . . . It is as much a story about baseball as it is about a father's relationship with his son, and with his own father."—Jewish Baseball News
"Josh describes the real life quirky people so masterfully that you instantly feel for them . . . Josh weaves his story skillfully with both pleasant and sad twists that will keep you reading. And throughout the story he tactfully teaches kids and dads alike the importance of overcoming the fear that holds us back. If you love youth baseball and feel good stories you will enjoy this true David vs Goliath story about an all Jewish youth baseball team."—StatsDad
Each and every summer since 1996, ten thousand elite players from California to Florida visit Dreams Park in upstate New York to measure themselves against the very best. Five hundred thousand a year of their close family and friends follow suit to witness the unrivaled quality of play in the heated contest. Third Base for Life is the first-hand account of how an ordinary father who had not played baseball since Little League managed to put together a team of ordinary kids and somehow gained admittance to a world where they simply do not belong.
It's the true story of twelve ragtag and outmatched fourth-grade boys from a small Jewish day school in Newton, Massachusetts who band together to challenge the top ten-year-old baseball talent in the country at Cooperstown Dreams Park, one of the nation's most prestigious youth tournaments. It's the Bad News Bears meets The Chosen in this humorous, yet poignant, memoir.
"A lovely, inspirational baseball and family story, with a great message—perfect for any parent, grandparent, or young fan of the game."—Boston Red Thoughts
BORN AND RAISED in Boston, Joshua Berkowitz is an avid Red Sox fan. He currently practices internal medicine on the North Shore of Boston and enjoys spending time with his wife, Sheryl, and their two children, Gabriel and Shoshana. www.thirdbaseforlife.com
- Endpapers Press, July 2013
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