Shoreline author publishes "Hard Ninety: The Birth, Death, and Afterlife of a Childhood Dream."

Sunday, May 5, 2019

As an elementary schooler, Chad spent his days dreaming of his next at-bat. 

As a college senior, he hoped that his name wouldn’t even be on the line-up card.

Many boys grow up with baseball. Chad was no different. In elementary school, he lived for spring. Through junior high and high school, the baseball field was his favorite place to be.

After high school, he was accepted to a small college where he’d heard he could walk onto the team. You can imagine the thrill he felt at the prospect of playing college baseball.

Unfortunately, the reality was much harsher than the dream. His body broke down, his swing fell apart, and his team lost most of its games — often brutally. 

After four years playing for this very bad team, he was left with one question:

"Do I still love baseball — or do I hate it?"

Join him as he reviews the scorebooks, bus rides, and practice plans of his seventeen-year baseball career in an attempt to answer that question.

Author and baseball player
Chad Frisk

Author Bio

Chad Frisk was a serious baseball player from age 5-22, when he played for North King County Little League, Shorecrest High School, and Whitman College. 

His career batting average is much higher if you ignore his last four years. 

He currently teaches ESOL at Shoreline Community College, coaches Boys JV Tennis at Shorecrest, and occasionally plays beer league softball at Greenlake.

"Hard Ninety: The Birth, Death, and Afterlife of a Childhood Dream, " by Chad Frisk. Foreword by Frank Workman. Order from Third Place Books, 206-366-3333.


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