Playing with the Enemy, by Gary W. Moore
When he saw a couple of blog posts I made about my love of
baseball, Gary Moore contacted me to see if I’d be interested in reading his
book, Playing with the Enemy. It’s the story of his father, a can’t-miss
Anyone who knows me realizes I’m about as far from a history
buff as one could be. As a result, I
didn’t push myself to start reading this book till a few days ago. The biggest surprise: Once I started it I couldn’t put
the darned thing down! Honestly,
this was one of the more interesting and certainly the most heartwarming books
I’ve read in years. In fact, it’s now
sparked a new interest in reading more about WWII. Paul M., my best friend from my
If you like baseball, great stories of the awesome generation that protected this country during World War II or you’re just looking for a good, well-written story, you can’t go wrong with Playing with the Enemy. Highly recommended.
P.S. – I understand there’s a movie planned for this book – I can’t wait to see it.
Joe, a book about WWII vets you may want to read is The Girl Watchers Club: Lessons from the Battlefield of Life by Harry Stein.
And thanks for the tip about Playing With the Ememy.
Posted by: Bob M | September 25, 2006 at 07:20 AM
Hi Bob. Thanks for the WWII reading tip. I'll add that to my list. I went ahead and bought a copy of Ambrose's book, Citizen Soldiers, and hope to get started on it later this week.
Posted by: Joe Wikert | September 25, 2006 at 11:51 AM
Thanks for the heads-up on this book, Joe. I was immediately reminded of Joe Nuxhall, who was hired for Powel Crosley, Jr.'s Cincinnati Reds in 1944 when he (Nuxhall) was 15.
Many people (especially Cincinnati Reds fans) think Nuxhall was the youngest player ever signed in the major leagues, so it's good that the Moore book is out there!
Posted by: Michael A. Banks | December 09, 2006 at 07:41 PM
Hi Mike. I remember Nuxhall...not because I was around when he pitched, but he was one of the Reds announcers when I lived in Ohio in the 1980's. He had a very distinctive voice and was fun to listen to. I also remember the original story on him and how he was signed at such a young age.
Posted by: Joe Wikert | December 09, 2006 at 09:08 PM