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Hard to Grip
by Emil deandreis
Hard to Grip, a memoir by native San Franciscan Emil DeAndreis, is a love story to baseball that is also a frank and humorous account of the author’s struggles with rheumatoid arthritis, the chronic illness that threw a curve into his life and dashed the hopes of becoming a professional pitcher in the major leagues that he had harbored since he was old enough to throw a ball. Scarcely out of Lowell high school where he was an up-and-coming star pitcher for his two-time championship team, Emil discovered the early signs of the disease were hampering his ability to compete, and it became increasingly evident to him as he played throughout his freshman and sophomore years in the D1 Leagues for University of Hawaii/Hilo that his lifelong dream to go pro was to be only that—a dream, even as he was being courted by the big leagues and about to sign on to play pro ball in Europe.
Hard to Grip is a personable, humor-filled and inspirational story of a robust, athletic young man who, barely into his twenties, must confront the reality of living with a physical illness, but at the same time learns to embrace that one thing he loves in order to forge a new life with a different perspective: as a high school coach for his alma mater, Lowell. Moreover, it is also a story of love for a girl, for his friends, for his family, for his hometown of San Francisco and the game itself.
Paperback, April 4 2017: ISBN: 978-1-943156-14-6
US $16.95 | Autobiography / Sports