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Monday, June 8, 2015

Thou Shalt Not Steal by Bill "Ready" Cash and Al Hunter Jr.

Synopsis: A memoir of a baseball legend who played for the Negro Leagues.

Writing Style: Natural, first person conversational.

Pacing: Page-turner.

Premise: This story shares an indubitably unique theme in that "Ready" Cash is sharing personal historical highlights in an authentic conversational style about a league that no longer exists, YET is where some of the most notable ballplayers originated!

Personal Highlights: I couldn’t get enough of the voice, which here is the thing. I’m not a baseball enthusiast. I know nothing about batting averages, or a “bottom of sixth” – “nut hopped” – “throwing inside and tight” – “fingernail cut balls”, or “tomahawked” and what Cash was doing when he “went up the line to meet” such and such “coming huffing and puffing.” But I do know first-rate quality writing and exceptional storytelling, plus having a story to tell. Thou Shalt Not Steal covers all three bases!

Come meet Satch, and Hank, and Jackie, and the early ballplayers who played for the Negro Leagues, internationally and nationally, along with Cash who each time I read say, “this is what happened,” then that’s what I believed happened.

Historical, informative, humorous, candid, charming... there is so much covered in this highly laudable, highly recommended memoir.

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