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The Cincinnati Red StalkingsThis is the fifth novel in the Mickey Rawlings Mystery Series that I ve read and it oesn t isappoint It is Mickey Rawlings Mystery Series that I ve read and it oesn t A Love No Less Two Centuries of African American Love Letters disappoint It is and Rawlings is now playing with the Cincinnati Reds He volunteers to help a local baseball super fan Oliver Penniman set up an exhibit of memorabilia to honor the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings the first professional baseball team in American historyBut before the exhibit could take place Penniman is murdered and Rawlings soon finds himself embroiled in a mix of conspiracy lies and murder that could end his career and his life The author obviouslyid a lot of research He integrates baseball history and the local flavor well May Not Be 100% Accurate On Some Of The City not be 100% accurate on some of the city but very close He was a little unfair to the Cincinnati zoo but it is fiction He also Places of Their Own: African American Suburbanization in the Twentieth Century (Historical Studies of Urban America) did a good job of tying up all the cluespossible motives along the way in a believable conclusion which was good because it was a very complex story I had never heard of Troy Soos or his fictional baseball player Mickey Rawlings until my Dad gave me this book that he had read This book was so much fun and I can t wait to get my hands on another one Anyone who knows me knows that Tied in the Pick It For Me thread at A Good Thriller for August I really really love this series Not only is it baseball But it s old timey baseball This book starts in the wake of the 1919 Black Sox scandal and Mickey is now a utility baseball player for the Reds who played the Black Sox in the infamously thrown World Series This series is wonderful for the real people thrown in The first commissioner for baseball references to the trial against Sacco Vanzetti Hollywood World War I veterans the Negro leagues etcThe mystery ain t half bad either Poor Mickey gets involved with murder blackmail gambling and oh what else trying not to get b The first of this series of Mickey Rawlings that I have read the premise is that of a journeyman baseball player in the early 20th century this one set in 1920 who finds himself trying to solve a murder Set primarily in Cincinnati I found myself visualizing the settings as the author accurately recalls life in that time and place Soosescribes parts of historic C The Cincinnati Red Stalkings is fifth in a series of six similar books so in some respects this is a review of the whole series I really like the series and I think this is the best of the bunch so far I ve often thought that if time travel were possible I The Arcav Kings Mate (Arcav Alien Invasion d really like to go back in time and spend time at baseball games fromifferent eras I think this uote from the book The Billionaires Arranged Baby 3 does a nice job summing up my feelingsI wasn t sure what it is about baseball that makes such a phenomenon possible however Perhaps it s because the essence of the game has changed so little over the years boys playing ball on paved city streetso much the same as their grandfathers id when those streets were village cow paths Or maybe because baseball history is a collective memory than a seuence of events stories told by old timers personal experiences at the ballpark and yesterday s box scores all mingle together in one vast pool of shared experience You can ip your foot in any part of it stir up the mixture and wade right any part of it stir up the mixture and wade right the pastOne reason I like the series so much is the mix of baseball historical fiction and mystery is just to my liking Fans of only one of those three genres might find the series lacking but for me there is enough of each to make. The lazy Alien days of June 1921 areark ones for baseball fans as the trial of the Chicago Black Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series begins But utility infielder Mickey Rawlings thinks he has something to cheer about playing for the team that won that series the Cincinnati Reds Until he gets involved in murderIt all starts when Oliver Perrima. .



Hough baseball at the time was loosely organized there was no national league until 1876 Yet the Reds of 1921 needed revenue because their product in the field was not very good Honoring the team S Past Would Be The Impetus To past would be the impetus to fans to the ballpark Rawlings has long been a student of baseball history and offers to help with the project until the its organizer is found murdered in his office and Rawlings finds himself wrapped up in another ballpark mystery Mickey and his long time girl friend Margie Turner have settled in the ueen City s Mount Healthy neighborhood Their home is modest and indicative of players salaries at the time To supplement income Margie takes a job at the Cincinnati Zoo only to become embroiled in a mystery of her own All of the landmarks Soos mentions in this case I know well as I ve either visited them or passed by on many occasions the 10 Essential Survivor Secrets to Liberate Yourself from Narcissistic Abuse downtown library the zoo fountain suare the train terminal which is now the museum center In 1921 Cincinnati was a city of electric trolleys and well too neighborhoods made nationally famous by President Howard Taft and Senator Nicholas Longworth of the Rookwood Pottery Company and husband of Alice Roosevelt Cincinnati was also a city of speakeasies and still smarting from the Boss Cox rebellion of a few years back Cox s cronies still ran the city and these movers and shakers also patronized the Reds the Bonner and Whitaker families As Rawlings would find out both families had a long history with the Reds well before Boss Cox came to power This would add multiple layers to the mystery that Rawlings would need well before Boss Cox came to power This would add multiple layers to the mystery that Rawlings would need solve Soon Or His Own or his own could be at stake Soos paints a picture of prohibition era America as well as the best historical writers The predominately German Cincinnati was openly against prohibition and the beer flowed freely Baseball still reeled from the Black Sox scandal and in passing Rawlings notes that Babe Ruth was challenging his own home run record from the year before It was the Babe who in the 1920s saved baseball from itself and he makes himself front and center in another of Rawlings mysteries Meanwhile Mickey with the help of Margie and long time friend Karl Landfors get to the bottom of both the Reds and zoo mysteries but not before Rawlings pays multiple visits to Commissioner Landis who makes it known that he rules baseball with an iron fist and will not tolerate those who associate with gamblers or minorities This is foreshadowing for both future Rawlings mysteries and baseball history itself By taking readers back to baseball s origins Soos gives readers a glimpse of baseball in two Lights, Camera, Action (Paranormal Talent Agency Book 1) different eras giving people a window into Cincinnati of 1869 when it was the ueen City As usual the case was a fast paced read on a weekend afternoon a perfect way to pass the time as baseball season windsown for the year 375 stars For the baseball fansI m trying really hard to be objective about this book but this is the one I started reading this series for It was so m I loved this book Not only as a Reds fan but also as a Cincinnati native and a persnickety reader Soos hit every pitch This actually refers to the audio book which for some reason I could not get to come up Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused despite using the ISBNThis is one of the later books in the Mickey Rawlings baseball series set in the late 1910 searly 1920 s I needed an audiobook uickly to listen to on a longrive and this one was there so I snabbed it very. N the line of fire Among the artifacts Perriman collected for the exhibit are the explosive clues to a fifty year old mystery the The Nonlinear Workbook: Chaos, Fractals, Celluar Automata, Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, Gene Expression Programming, Support Vector Machine, Wavelets, Hidden Markov M death of a Red Stockings fan and theisappearance of substitute player Dick Hurley the Mickey Rawlings of his time And soon Mickey finds himself embroiled in a mix of conspiracy lies and murder that can end his careerand his li. ,
It supremely entertaining It s fascinating to look at history through the lense of baseball The mystery while suspenseful is not so tense that it will keep you up at nightAnother reason I enjoy this series so much is that I find the narrator Mickey Rawlings to be a very likeable person Part of his likeability to me is that he is a own to earth professional athlete with a genuine love for the game of baseball and concern for other people This book was my favorite in the other People This Was This book was favorite in the series far partly because it has so many intertwining mysteries and partly because view spoilerthings are going so well for Mickey personally While I share in his neighbors isapproval of cohabitating before marriage I m happy to see Margie back and to see their relationship moving forward hide spoiler With this unprecedented sixty game baseball season winding Ways of Knowing About Birth down I thought it was as good as time as any to complete the Mickey Rawlings mystery series by Troy Soos Soos wrote seven mysteries featuring journeyman utility player Rawlings that take place between 1911 1923 as he moves from one storied franchise to the next One gets a feel for how baseball was playeduring the era while also learning about the cities team s history and the overall historical importance of the year written about Cincinnati Red Stalkings takes readers back to 1921 with baseball s future at a crossroads Rawlings finds himself playing for baseball s original franchise as Soos eftly brings the city I know call home to life In 1919 the Chicago White Sox infamously accepted money from gamblers to lose the World Series Although the series was extended to seven games so as to look competitive White Sox players tried to lose booting a ground ball here and missing a pitch right own the middle there Having read the now classic Eight Men Out by Eliot Asinof I know the history behind the scandal the important part being that White Sox owner Charles Comiskey was notorious for being cheap underpaying even his star players like pitchers Buck Weaver and Eddie Cicotte and outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson Weaver was behind the fix and recruited underpaid teammates to join him When the scandal came out baseball id not know how to react to this unprecedented act even though players such as the New York Giants Hal Chase had been taking money from gamblers for years If baseball was to remain as America s game it would have to clean up its image and rid itself of gamblers Both league presidents American League power hungry Ban Johnson included gave authority to Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis to preside as the first league commissioner Landis proceeded to ban the eight White Sox players for life and made it known that baseball would not tolerate anyone in a league with gamblers What is often forgotten by history is the White Sox 1919 opponents the Reds Mickey Rawlings joined a 1921 Reds team who still believed that in 1919 that they were the better team Veterans Heinie Groh and Edd Rousch remained from the pennant winning team and circulated the belief that the Reds play on the field was indeed superior to the White Sox History would have to etermine that but in 1921 the Reds found themselves fighting to stay out of the league s cellar The team needed extra revenue and was going to open an exhibit honoring the 1869 team the first professional team in baseball history That first Red Stockings team went 53 11 and BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) declared themselves champions even N aie hard Reds fan organizes an exhibit of memorabilia to honor the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings baseball's first professional team Having grown up hearing stories about the legendary ball club Mickey Rawlings volunteers to help Perriman with the grand opening of the Algorithm Of Future display But before you can say Batter up Perriman gets shot toeath and puts Mickey