A former star hurler for John McGraw's brawling Giants, Luther "Dummy" Taylor was also one of Major League Baseball's first deaf players.
Havana Heat follows Taylor's life and fortunes when, after a strong season in the bushes in 1911, he comes to believe that he has one last shot at returning to his old dream. He works his thirty-six-year-old arm into shape by pitching to his brother in the evenings and, after wrestling with the decision to leave his wife to pursue his dream, becomes determined to hunt down McGraw and ask for another chance. Allowed to accompany the Giants on a barnstorming trip to Cuba, Taylor gets far more than he has bargained for as he faces the renowned Havana teams and a profound challenge thrust upon him by a deaf Cuban youngster.
During quieter moments in the trip's turbulent course, Taylor takes a long look at his career, his marriage, and his life.
As he meets unexpected trials on the island, Taylor gains insight into what he can still offer the world besides his pitching arm.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 322 pages
- Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
- Publication Date: 01/03/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780803235892