Saving Babe Ruth
When Civil War buff and burned-out lawyer David Thompson fights to save a kids’ baseball league, he’s launched on a thrill ride that threatens his family, his team, and his life. Captivating characters lead double lives and keep secrets in this award-winning page-turner based on a true story.
A cast of shady adults and the high school baseball coaches hate David for trying to save it. They’ll do anything to wreck the league so that their elite travel teams can take over its beautiful ball field, even if it means going after David and his family.
The harder David battles to save the league, the worse things get. He’s in way over his head and he’s also stuck in a family catch-22. If he surrenders, he might lose his son’s love along with his own self-respect to say nothing of losing baseball for the sandlot kids in town. Yet if he doesn’t back down, he’ll lose his marriage and his son will lose any chance to play on the high school team.
To make things right, David Thompson needs to know when to fold and when to fight. He’s being pushed and shoved to his breaking point and only one thing is for sure: If he snaps, he’s not planning on taking prisoners.
David is on an emotional roller coaster and he can’t get off. He’s fighting his own civil war as he struggles to make a difference in the town he cherishes without bringing harm to the family he loves.
New York Times bestselling author Margot Livesey says Swyers “has created a man for all seasons” in David Thompson and calls Saving Babe Ruth “an absorbing and compulsively readable novel.”
- ·An Amazon multiple category bestseller.
- ·Gold Winner, Benjamin Franklin Award, 2015 “Best First Book: Fiction.”
- ·Silver Winner, Benjamin Franklin Award, 2015 “Best Popular Fiction.”
- ·Readers Views, “Best Regional Fiction 2014/2015: Northeast.”
- ·Finalist, “Best New Fiction,” 2014 USA Best Book Awards.
New York Times bestselling author Margot Livesey calls Saving Babe Ruth “an absorbing and compulsively readable novel.” Winner of a number of accolades including the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Book Award for “Best First Book: Fiction.” Rated 4.7/5.0 stars on Amazon
About the Author
Award-winning author Tom Swyers first had an audience on the edge of their seat (and the girls giggling) when his play, The Great Train Robbery, made its debut in the seventh grade.
After high school, he worked his way through some of the best colleges in the country. Employed in a variety of jobs ranging from a late-night convenience store clerk to a fine jewelry salesperson, Tom eventually graduated from college and then worked his way through law school in the caverns of Wall Street.
He studied at the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute at Skidmore College. He’s also a member of both the Authors Guild and the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.
Along the way, he married his high school sweetheart and raised a family. With that came baseball, but that’s another story (Saving Babe Ruth). Tom is also an award-winning youth sports advocate.
When he isn’t writing or reading, Tom is usually running (literally) away from trouble on the back roads of Upstate, New York where he lives with his family and two cats (really two dogs working undercover).
Saving Babe Ruth is his first novel and is an Amazon bestseller. These are some of the awards it has received:
• Gold Winner, “Best First Book: Fiction,” 2015 Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.
• Silver Winner, “Best Popular Fiction,” 2015 Independent Book Publisher Association’s Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.
• Reader Views, “Best Regional Fiction 2014/2015: Northeast.”
• Finalist, “Best New Fiction,” 2014 USA Best Book Awards.
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I bought the Kindle version of the book after a colleague of mine had recommended this book to me. Needless to say, after two sittings I had to call my colleague to thank him for the wonderful recommendation! This book is very well done, hard to believe this is his first book.
The characters Swyers has created are both real and subtly humorous. The antagonists are truthfully portrayed as monsters with their own agendas and special interests. But, where Swyers truly succeeds is in his dialogue, especially between the antagonists and the hero of the story. While the book focuses on backroom baseball politics, it touches upon sensitive issues that communities tend to avoid, including corruption, suicide, special interests, and interestingly enough– community responsibility.
Some people may find certain parts of the book are a stretch (I.E The sports agent principal). From my experience growing up where I have, this isn’t as far of a stretch as people may think. There are crazier prospects out there, including larger subjects of interest occurring in organizations around the world.
All-in-all this book was a quick read which poses important questions about the morality of individuals and the necessity of community organizations in the fight for the safety of children and teenagers in communities. If you love the game of baseball, drama, and an “underdog” story, this book is for you.
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By k.rae on July 19, 2014
Saving Babe Ruth is a great look into the battle of youth baseball and the relative pros and cons of “travel” vs “rec” ball. While the author tackles the conflicts at ages 13-15, the attitudes in the book are pervasive all the way down to 8 and 9 years old in communities across the country.
This book, however, is not for those hoping for a light read about baseball. The strong language and graphic violence takes on more of a crime drama feel.
While the author’s love for history is evident, the first few chapters in particular can be a struggle for a reader not interested in history and particular the Civil War.
If you can get beyond the first 50 pages, it is an entertaining look at the inner and outer struggles for a man looking to make a difference in his community while balancing it with the needs and desires of his family.
By Carol G. on August 24, 2014
This book reminded me of lazy summer days, carefully tended green grass, and the crack of white leather balls against wooden bats–the authentic 1859 Sharps carbine at the side of David Thompson notwithstanding. But this story isn’t lazy. It’s a novel with a purpose, one that first-time author Tom Swyers delivers with humor, suspense, and a delightful dose of life in middle-class America.
“Saving Babe Ruth” is not about Babe Ruth the man or even the ball player, but it is most certainly about his legend and love of the game, a love that has been captured in Swyers’ book as well as in real life by the kids’ baseball league that carries the name of the Yankee great.
David Thompson is lawyer, dad, and commissioner of the local Babe Ruth League. He has two obsessions: civil war history and baseball. We are treated to a few private glimpses into Thompson’s nature that likely remain hidden to the people he encounters as the book unfolds. Our insight leaves us as readers occasionally wondering just what the guy’s next step may be. And he doesn’t disappoint.
Thompson is determined to save baseball for the kids in his community including his own son, Christy. As Thompson sees it, Babe Ruth is about providing a wholesome pastime. It is a joy to be experienced. It is supposed to be about the kids–all of them–and not about adults who are striving to make it their own, adults in roles that suggest dedication and commitment but whose behavior demonstrates the opposite.
There were hints of other baseball stories that we’ve come to love, a character’s name, a splash of evil (though more self-serving and opportunistic than wicked), and a blockbuster ending that is likely to leave you laughing–or at the very least, shaking your head.Read more ›
By Jessica on July 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
What I enjoyed most about Saving Babe Ruth was how the conflicts arose as the story unfolded. As a woman, I can relate to Annie’s tears when she discovers that her husband is the target of a ruthless and efficient email attack. As a baseball lover married to someone who does not love the sport the way that my friends and I do, I can appreciate David’s efforts to save baseball and preserve the game as an entity that is separate from the competitive and often costly travel leagues. There is parent/child conflict, job and career stress, marital problems, small town political machinations, and through it all Tom’s dedication to detail shines. His impeccable research is evident from the beginning, and I appreciate the meticulous attention he devotes to his craft. Aside from the story, Tom highlights real life problems that many parents and children face, and if that generates conversations about what can be done in areas where this is occurring I will be thrilled.
Thank you Tom for giving players and coaches who may not have it a voice and a story that they can turn to when facing similar difficulties in their own lives.