Hundreds of major leaguers—including the Hall of Fame’s Hank Greenburg, Johnny Mize, Rod Carew, Carl Yastrzemski and Joe Morgan—got their starts in North Carolina, where baseball has been a fixture in the state for nearly 100 years—in Charlotte and Durham (whose Bulls were in the 1988 film Bull Durham) as well as Red Springs and Snow Hill. Following an historical statewide overview, year by year summaries and histories are provided for each of the 72 towns, from Albemarle to Zebulon. Notable players and club records are listed for each year, and the causes for the rise and fall of baseball in the different towns are discussed. Biographies of 20 prominent minor leaguers are included, as is an appendix of nearly 2,000 major leaguers who played for a North Carolina team. The state’s Negro League and textile league histories are also related.
This book is about two boys who are best friends. Their friendship faces various obstacles when a smoky friend joins them in their world. Magical powers change everyone’s lives. They are unaware of the darkness that the world is about to experience. Smoke fills their lives and they head toward a world of shadows — the world below the roundabout. From there, the tale of the boys moves round and round. Felix appreciates the quote “I am on the hunt for whom I have not yet become.” Embark on this adventurous journey with Felix and Rheo and discover how they fight the darkness.
THE HOTEL MONTICELLO, a little joint at one of many crossroads in time and space. Those that hang out there are an odd lot - an old woman who plays a sad crying violin; a time traveling gangster blues pianist and his blues singing whore; a gay couple fresh out of the big house; the mysterious young woman who wears a Venetian mask; a writer chased across time and space by her own creations; the two-bit hood come to make a buck at the expense of a well known politician; and a small assortment of other down on their luck characters. And the occasional demon that shows up from time to time to entertain themselves at the expense of the hotel clientele, inflicting hideous unimaginable pain and horror on each of them until finally, in the end, there's no one left.
Chief Inspector Martineau and Sergeant Devery have every motive for finding and pursuing a killer who murdered their friend and colleague Inspector Robert McQuade, especially as it now appears that the same person may have Martineau in his sights. But what does all this have to do with a crooked stockbroker and a man who is trying to frame the Chief Inspector for taking bribes? And could the investigation be putting his family in jeopardy?