A Chance to Win: Boyhood, Baseball, and the Struggle for Redemption in the Inner City
When Rodney Mason, an ex-con drug dealer from Newark’s rough South Ward, was shot and paralyzed, he vowed to turn his life around. A former high-school pitching ace, Mason decided to form a Little League team to help boys avoid the street life that had claimed his youth and mobility. Through fists and tears, lopsided losses and rare victories, this bunch of misfits becomes a team, and in doing so gives the community something to root for. With in-depth reporting, fascinating characters, and vivid prose, Jonathan Schuppe’s book, which received the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, is both a penetrating, true-to-life portrait of what’s at stake for kids growing up poor in America’s inner cities and a portrait of Newark itself, a struggling city that has recently known great hope as well as failure. Jonathan Schuppe is a reporter specializing in criminal justice and urban issues. He currently serves as senior correspondent for NBC Universal’s local news websites. In his previous work for the NJ Star Ledger, he formed part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team covering the McGreevey resignation. Jonathan lives with his wife and daughter in New Jersey.
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