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Reviewed by Karen Walpole for Readers' Favorite
In Over the Right Field Wall: A Yarn from the Early Innings of America’s National Pastime by G.P. Hutchinson, Rory Fitzgerald hits a home run over the fence for the first time in his baseball career. The ball lands in a very unlikely and unfortunate place that kicks off a cascade of events that change the course of the young man’s life. The setting is 1891 America during the earliest years of professional baseball and the main character is the manager and a fielder for the Richmond Elite Professional Baseball Club. While the home run wins the game against the rival Baltimore team, it also causes trouble for Rory. During its early years, professional baseball was not considered a respectable form of entertainment, especially for well-bred women. In the story, one young woman disagreed with the public sentiment and, after attending a game, becomes entangled in the aftermath of Rory’s over the right field wall homerun.
G.P. Hutchinson wrote a wonderfully interesting and romantic story in Over the Right Field Wall: A Yarn from the Early Innings of America’s National Pastime. The background story of early professional baseball entertained me as much as the plot that unfolds between the characters. Learning about how controversial professional baseball was in the early years was enjoyable. The politics of the time, including the status of women, enter into the baseball debate. The narrative is seamlessly told and characters are believable and relatable. Any reader who likes baseball, American historical fiction or a good romance story will enjoy this book.