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New UI Press book looks at minor league baseball

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- As baseball season swings into high gear, a new book from the University of Iowa Press takes a refreshing look at a part of baseball that rarely makes the headlines -- the minor leagues.

"Small-Town Heroes: Images of Minor League Baseball," by Hank Davis, tells the story of players whose names may not be household words, but who are very much in the hearts of the estimated 30 million fans who annually attend minor league baseball games.

Davis spent six years researching and three summers visiting teams in such places as Bluefield, W.Va., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Batavia, N.Y. to capture the spirit and enthusiasm of players, fans and owners of minor league teams.

The result is a personal and behind-the-scenes look at 28 teams in the United States and Canada that helps explain why the minor leagues are no longer the "bush leagues" to so many fans.

Writing with charm and a firm knowledge of the game, Davis brings to life the wondrous cast of characters he found on the field, in the stands, and on the way to the ballpark.

Says Miles Wolff, president of "Baseball America:" "Davis' vehicle is baseball, but his destination is an America that many might believe was lost forever. ... ['Small-Town Heroes'] is a great way to discover minor league baseball and America."

Davis, a professor of psychology at Guelph University in Ontario, put a successful academic career in psychology and music journalism on hold to complete "Small-Town Heroes."

"Small-Town Heroes" is available at bookstores nationwide for $34.95 clothbound. The book can also be ordered from UI Press by calling (319) 384-3807 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside Johnson County).

Information is also available at the UI Press website: