Havana Heat transports readers to 1911 America, where real-life pitcher Luther "Dummy" Taylor is trying to work his arm back into fighting shape. Though deaf, Taylor helped lead John McGraw's New York Giants to the pennant, winning 115 games between 1900 and 1908. But an injury relegates him to the minors, and he dreams of one last shot at the big barnstorming trip to Cuba. In Cuba, Taylor faces off against the tough Havana teams and meets a deaf Cuban boy with a spectacular pitching arm. In young Luis, Taylor sees his chance for redemption, and a way to win them both Giants uniforms. But baseball's changing politics and the growing unrest in Cuba threaten his plans and force him to confront the choices that have brought him to this crossroads in his life.More
"Brock is one of the finest baseball fiction writers around, lucidly rendering the passions, disappointments, and excitement of the sport while capturing the defining details of the era he depicts." (Publishers Weekly)
"A rewarding slice of baseball and American history." (Library Journal)
"Fast-paced, savvy, and sensitive....Baseball fiction at a level all baseball fiction should reach." (Seattle Times)
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An absolute GEM!!!
Fantastic story, plenty of good baseball adventure
- R. A. Frank