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ANNE KEENE-The Cloudbuster Nine
Friday, May 25 at 7PM
speaking & signing
The Cloudbuster Nine
ABOUT THE CLOUDBUSTER NINE
In 1943, while the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals were winning pennants and meeting in that year's World Series, one of the nation's strongest baseball teams practiced on a skinned-out college field in the heart of North Carolina. Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain were among a cadre of fighter-pilot cadets who wore the Cloudbuster Nine baseball jersey at an elite Navy training school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As a child, Anne Keene's father, Jim Raugh, suited up as the team batboy and mascot. He got to know his baseball heroes personally, watching players hit the road on cramped, tin-can buses, dazzling factory workers, kids, and service members at dozens of games, including a war-bond exhibition with Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium.
Jimmy followed his baseball dreams as a college All-American but was crushed later in life by a failed major-league bid with the Detroit Tigers. He would have carried this story to his grave had Anne not discovered his scrapbook from a Navy school that shaped America's greatest heroes including George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, John Glenn, and Paul "Bear" Bryant.
With the help of rare images and insights from World War II baseball veterans such as Dr. Bobby Brown and Eddie Robinson, the story of this remarkable team is brought to life for the first time in The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II.
ABOUT ANNE R. KEENE
Anne R. Keene is the author of the only known account of this Navy baseball team manned by some of the most famous major-league fighter pilots in U.S. history, including Ted Williams. The Cloudbuster Nine was recommended by Newsday magazine as one of the 12 Reads for Baseball Season and listed by Indigo, Canada's largest book seller, as one of the Top 10 Baseball Reads for Opening Day. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism, Keene focuses on narrative nonfiction and has been honored with the Writers' League of Texas nonfiction award for this work. Anne is a native North Carolinan and resides in Austin.
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