Diamonds are Trumps

A Laugh Out Loud Enjoyable, Yet Sentimental,
Baseball Journey

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A special treat for lovers of America’s greatest game. The wonderful opportunity to spend time in the compassionate, funny, and oh-so-humane presence of author Marty Slattery and his novel Diamonds Are Trumps. Through his character Bill Mahoney, Slattery shares his personal knowledge of the game (he pitched in the minor leagues) and his consuming passion for its players.

With bone chips in his elbow that make his arm hurt all the way up to his ear, and scars on his middle-aged soul, Mahoney is something of a wounded knight errant. But when the umpire yells “Play ball!” Bill rises to dance to baseball’s perpetual melody.

Emotionally hollow and growing more passive with each birthday, Bill is skidding through his life, aching from lost loves and unfulfilled hopes. But the Dream is not done with him yet, and gradually, Bill understands the gifts the game can give him.

In this 2008 publication of Diamonds Are Trumps—with a new introduction by Dr. James P. Elliott—author Marty Slattery gives his readers the gift of a funny, poignant, and lyrical novel about baseball as it’s played in the minor leagues and life as it’s played beyond the dugout.

ISBN: 978-1-935052-00-5
Fiction, paperback, 268 pages, 6 x 9, April 2008

"Diamonds Are Trumps is sensational. Slattery did a great job." -Tommy Lasorda

"Brings back some vivid memories of what it was like in the minor leagues. Slattery scores with a funny/sad look at life on and off the field. Great reading." Johnny Roseboro - Los Angeles Dodger catcher for 11 seasons

 Diamonds Are Trumps - A laugh out loud enjoyable yet sentimental baseball journey that reveals the ups and downs about life on the road and the travails of minor league baseball. By Marty Slattery







Marty Slattery author of Diamonds Are Trumps