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Phantom of the Bullpen
by Allen White

Overview


"Phantom of the Bullpen" is a powerful true story about the life of Max Mangum and his lifelong dream of pitching in the major leagues. In a way, this is a tragic story. For most of his life, he had the stuff to be a major league pitcher. His fastball sizzled at over 100 miles per hour. He had the pinpoint control of a laser-guided missile. And he had a love for baseball that is tough to match. He also had something else. Max suffered with paranoid schizophrenia. Throughout this book, author Allen White explores one man's truly fascinating life – his talents, his pain, and everything in between. As Allen seeks to learn more about Max and his past, he discovers quite a bit about himself along the way.

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Description


"Phantom of the Bullpen" is a powerful true story about the life of Max Mangum and his lifelong dream of pitching in the major leagues. In a way, this is a tragic story. For most of his life, he had the stuff to be a major league pitcher. His fastball sizzled at over 100 miles per hour. He had the pinpoint control of a laser-guided missile. And he had a love for baseball that is tough to match. He also had something else. Max suffered with paranoid schizophrenia. Throughout this book, author Allen White explores one man's truly fascinating life – his talents, his pain, and everything in between. As Allen seeks to learn more about Max and his past, he discovers quite a bit about himself along the way. Despite an arm like no other, Max never had a chance to break into the big leagues. Mental illness, and its immense burden, was far too much to overcome. Schizophrenia took away so many opportunities, but it never stopped Max from working on his game and perfecting his skills. As Allen got to know Max, he became inspired to go back to college to get a degree so he could teach and coach. Much of this story is about Allen using a short version of "Phantom of the Bullpen" to teach many facets of language arts to his middle school students. It is also about his journey and efforts to find out more about Max's past. And he did. Max Mangum's unfathomable skill at throwing a baseball for such a long period of time is worthy of recognition. That may be the whole reason for writing this story. His dedication to his craft and his perseverance against invisible odds is worthy of recognition, too. Those two things could be more important than his blazing fastball. No. Not really. It's all about the heater.

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About the author


Allen White is the author of Phantom of the Bullpen. He was born in 1955 in Madison, West Virginia. Adopted by his maternal grandparents at birth, he was raised in Y&O Coal Camp near Van in Boone County. When Allen was in third grade, his grandfather died of a massive heart attack while shoveling snow from the driveway. One month after his 14th birthday, during his 8th grade year, he and his grandmother moved to Zebulon, a small town twenty miles east of Raleigh, North Carolina. She died in January of his senior year in 1973. Now anchorless, he started drifting and almost didn’t graduate. After squandering a chance to play college baseball in the fall of 1973, Allen drifted even further. He gravitated to all the wrong things for the next ten years. Stunned that anyone would still have him, he was married in June of 1983. The marriage produced two beautiful children. Allen’s son Jameson was born in October of 1984 and his daughter Taylor in August of 1988. After a little more than twenty-one years, he and his wife divorced in 2004. Directly related to Allen’s chance encounter with the main character in Phantom of the Bullpen in 1991, he tried college again in 1993. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in middle school education for Language Arts and Social Studies. At his graduation ceremony, Allen received the Charles W. Harper, Jr. Outstanding Future Educator Award. Twenty years behind on a 4-year plan, he finally became the teacher and coach he had always wanted to be. Allen retired from teaching in 2017 after twenty years of having the best job on the planet.

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Book details

Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Subgenre:Sports

Language:English

Pages:196

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781667841403

Paperback ISBN:9781667841397


Overview


"Phantom of the Bullpen" is a powerful true story about the life of Max Mangum and his lifelong dream of pitching in the major leagues. In a way, this is a tragic story. For most of his life, he had the stuff to be a major league pitcher. His fastball sizzled at over 100 miles per hour. He had the pinpoint control of a laser-guided missile. And he had a love for baseball that is tough to match. He also had something else. Max suffered with paranoid schizophrenia. Throughout this book, author Allen White explores one man's truly fascinating life – his talents, his pain, and everything in between. As Allen seeks to learn more about Max and his past, he discovers quite a bit about himself along the way.

Read more

Description


"Phantom of the Bullpen" is a powerful true story about the life of Max Mangum and his lifelong dream of pitching in the major leagues. In a way, this is a tragic story. For most of his life, he had the stuff to be a major league pitcher. His fastball sizzled at over 100 miles per hour. He had the pinpoint control of a laser-guided missile. And he had a love for baseball that is tough to match. He also had something else. Max suffered with paranoid schizophrenia. Throughout this book, author Allen White explores one man's truly fascinating life – his talents, his pain, and everything in between. As Allen seeks to learn more about Max and his past, he discovers quite a bit about himself along the way. Despite an arm like no other, Max never had a chance to break into the big leagues. Mental illness, and its immense burden, was far too much to overcome. Schizophrenia took away so many opportunities, but it never stopped Max from working on his game and perfecting his skills. As Allen got to know Max, he became inspired to go back to college to get a degree so he could teach and coach. Much of this story is about Allen using a short version of "Phantom of the Bullpen" to teach many facets of language arts to his middle school students. It is also about his journey and efforts to find out more about Max's past. And he did. Max Mangum's unfathomable skill at throwing a baseball for such a long period of time is worthy of recognition. That may be the whole reason for writing this story. His dedication to his craft and his perseverance against invisible odds is worthy of recognition, too. Those two things could be more important than his blazing fastball. No. Not really. It's all about the heater.

Read more

About the author


Allen White is the author of Phantom of the Bullpen. He was born in 1955 in Madison, West Virginia. Adopted by his maternal grandparents at birth, he was raised in Y&O Coal Camp near Van in Boone County. When Allen was in third grade, his grandfather died of a massive heart attack while shoveling snow from the driveway. One month after his 14th birthday, during his 8th grade year, he and his grandmother moved to Zebulon, a small town twenty miles east of Raleigh, North Carolina. She died in January of his senior year in 1973. Now anchorless, he started drifting and almost didn’t graduate. After squandering a chance to play college baseball in the fall of 1973, Allen drifted even further. He gravitated to all the wrong things for the next ten years. Stunned that anyone would still have him, he was married in June of 1983. The marriage produced two beautiful children. Allen’s son Jameson was born in October of 1984 and his daughter Taylor in August of 1988. After a little more than twenty-one years, he and his wife divorced in 2004. Directly related to Allen’s chance encounter with the main character in Phantom of the Bullpen in 1991, he tried college again in 1993. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in middle school education for Language Arts and Social Studies. At his graduation ceremony, Allen received the Charles W. Harper, Jr. Outstanding Future Educator Award. Twenty years behind on a 4-year plan, he finally became the teacher and coach he had always wanted to be. Allen retired from teaching in 2017 after twenty years of having the best job on the planet.

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Phantom of the Bullpen pre-review Here’s a quick pre-review from a harsh critic. Now, some guys know how to spin a yarn. And other guys have something interesting to say. Precious few have both. I know his work well enough to say with confidence that first-time author Allen White is one of the few. Again, this is a pre-review. Meaning, I haven't read the book yet. I just ordered it today. But I have read other stuff that flowed from his pen. Including a few excerpts from this book. His writing is entertaining to read on at least a couple of different levels. And it has heart. So, while I haven't read his book yet, I will. And that right soon. I can't wait to see where it leads. I’ll be back here to let y’all know more about it. Read more
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