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Journeymen         
Journeymen
By Michael Rychlik
ISBN: 978-1-929763-28-3
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A comic but poignant novel, Journeymen is based on the postwar days of minor league baseball when it was commonplace for former major leaguers to play out their careers in lowly Class D leagues. Among them, Jake Powell and Myril Hoag a pair of ex-World Champion Yankees languished with the Gainesville G-Men in 1948, as they clung to their cherished game and rollicking lifestyles. Using these journeymen and their hardscrabble lives as a historical backdrop, author Michael Rychlik has penned a heartfelt love story about an aspiring sportswriter named Jersey Paige who is trying to overcome his father's political legacy by pursuing a byline, a feisty Greek girl, and personal freedom.

Michael Rychlik teaches high school English in Tallahassee, Florida.

Journeymen is also available as an ebook on Amazon.com for the Kindle.

        
Book Review Details:
        
Reviewed Appeared In: Orlando Sentinel
Reviewed By: Phil Tatman
Text Of Review:

Still time to relax and read

The summer books just keep on coming.

Journeymen (Pocol Press, $18, 214 pages) is a fine novel by Tallahassee writer Michael Rychlik. Set in the summer of 1948, it's the story of recent University of Florida graduate Jersey Paige, son of a U.S. senator, trying to find his way in newspaper journalism. And there are two aging former New York Yankees attempting to get back to the major leagues by playing for the Class D Gainesville G-Men.

Rychlik has done a superb job in capturing the tone of the state nearly 60 years ago -- funny, somewhat innocent, raw and poignant. The Florida State League's Orlando Senators, Sanford Giants and DeLand Red Hats are part of the story, as is the sad passing of Hall of Famer Joe Tinker. I was surprised at Journeymen's ending, thinking Rychlik would make everything right romatically (with Paige's attractive Greek girlfriend) and professionally (becoming a sports writer at the Gainesville Sun) for the story's hero. But things turn out bittersweet, at best.

Date Reviewed: 08/07/2007
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