The dog days of Summer are here, and with that comes baseball – a game that always finds a way to break your heart. On the surface, our book of the day is filled with fiery hope and optimism. It tells the powerful true story of Max Mangum and his lifelong dream of pitching in the big leagues. Max was born with a gift. His fastball sizzled at 100 miles per hour. He was deadly accurate, and paired his God-given talents with an unmatched passion and love for the game. But with his gift, he was born with a tragic curse.
Max suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, and much of his story will break your heart. Experience a fascinating and tragic story that explores one man’s fascinating life – his talents, his pain, and everything in between. “Phantom of the Bullpen” reminds us how mental illness can be oh so crippling and tragic – even when you are born with amazing physical gifts. It’s a moving story that I surely won’t be forgetting any time soon. As a lover of baseball and an advocate for mental health, I recommend everyone gives this one a read. It’s available in paperback and eBook formats on Bookshop!