Over The Right Field Wall

A Yarn from the Early Innings of America's National Pastime

Fiction - Sports
133 Pages
Reviewed on 03/18/2020
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Author Biography

"GP Hutchinson has the gift to tell a compelling tale, enlighten you without preaching and keep you on the edge of your seat. He takes you on unexpected trails populated by flesh and blood characters of depth and substance," says TV & movie star Alex Cord.

Hutchinson's first Western novel, "Strong Convictions," won the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for Best First Western of 2015, as well as a gold medal from the National Indie Excellence Awards. "Strong Suspicions," the second volume in the Emmett Strong Western series, garnered a gold medal in the 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards. And "Strong Ambitions" took silver in the 2017 Readers' Favorite Awards.

In addition to his interest in the Old West, GP Hutchinson has been a longtime enthusiast of baseball, America's first true national pastime, a game played from coast to coast by the late 1800s. While he enjoys the game as it is played today, his most recent novels are tales of players caught up in life-and-death struggles during the early years of professional baseball. Steeped in the actual history of the game, as well as societal realities of the times, these stories feature both fictional and actual characters, teams, and leagues.

Hutchinson currently resides in upstate South Carolina with his wife, Carolyn.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Karen Walpole for Readers' Favorite

In Over the Right Field Wall: A Yarn from the Early Innings of America’s National Pastime by G.P. Hutchinson, Rory Fitzgerald hits a home run over the fence for the first time in his baseball career. The ball lands in a very unlikely and unfortunate place that kicks off a cascade of events that change the course of the young man’s life. The setting is 1891 America during the earliest years of professional baseball and the main character is the manager and a fielder for the Richmond Elite Professional Baseball Club. While the home run wins the game against the rival Baltimore team, it also causes trouble for Rory. During its early years, professional baseball was not considered a respectable form of entertainment, especially for well-bred women. In the story, one young woman disagreed with the public sentiment and, after attending a game, becomes entangled in the aftermath of Rory’s over the right field wall homerun.

G.P. Hutchinson wrote a wonderfully interesting and romantic story in Over the Right Field Wall: A Yarn from the Early Innings of America’s National Pastime. The background story of early professional baseball entertained me as much as the plot that unfolds between the characters. Learning about how controversial professional baseball was in the early years was enjoyable. The politics of the time, including the status of women, enter into the baseball debate. The narrative is seamlessly told and characters are believable and relatable. Any reader who likes baseball, American historical fiction or a good romance story will enjoy this book.