Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Stanley Moss and I’m a fictional character stuck in this novel, Saving Babe Ruth. But you know what? I’ve been asking around and they say I’m a lot like some guy named Steven Raucci. So, I really don’t know who I am anymore. I think I need a shrink.
Who is Steven Raucci?
Right now, he’s doing time in “Little Siberia.” You know, Dannemora. It’s that place where two cons escaped from last month near the Canadian border, in New York State. Some maximum-security prison that turned out to be. What a joke. But Raucci didn’t escape. He’s going to be there for a long time. I’m doing life in this book and he might as well be sitting here right next to me.
What did he do?
Almost the exact same stuff as me. Trying to bomb people’s cars and homes. Scaring the sh*t out of people, mostly people we work with. I can’t believe the guy who wrote this book did this to me.
What do you mean?
I’d like to think I’m my own man, but I guess I’m not. Much of the stuff this author wrote about me comes from Raucci’s personal letters, the court records, and the recorded conversations the cops made when they wired some guy to set him up. Raucci’s arrest took place in early 2009, just like the book says my arrest took place. You know, Raucci even had a picture of the Godfather and the Lone Ranger hanging up in his office, just like me in the book.
I don’t know if anyone has figured out the connection between me and Raucci. The book has been out a year, wins these awards, and is even a bestseller now, and nobody has said anything about it.
But know this. I make this book work, just like Raucci made the Schenectady School system work. National Public Radio did a special on Raucci. You can listen to it here: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/419/petty-tyrant
They’ve forgotten about Steven Raucci. The Albany Times Union ran a story about the notable inmates of Dannemora after those two guys busted out. They didn’t mention Raucci. Out of sight, out of mind I guess.
Does that bother you that he’s been forgotten?
Yeah, it does, in a way. They should show the guy some respect. Raucci wanted respect in his life; I want it in the novel.
What is your main purpose in life?
To help people.
What is your favorite hobby?
Scaring the crap out of people.
What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?
Staying out of prison.
What is your weapon of choice?
Explosives and a can of spray paint.
What’s your role in Saving Babe Ruth?
Hey, I’m not one to rat anyone out, even the guy who wrote this novel. Look what I did to people who ratted me out in the story. But I’ll tell you one thing. Stan Moss is not in the book for decoration. Go figure it out yourself.
Title: Saving Babe Ruth
Author: Tom Swyers
Genre: Literary Fiction / Thriller / Sports
Based on a true story, Saving Babe Ruth is an award-winning novel about a family headed by David Thompson, a burned-out lawyer and Civil War buff. When he learns that the town’s youth baseball league is going to fold, David’s love for the sport and for his son, Christy, inspire him to try to save it for the boys in town. David puts his fading career on hold as he struggles to resurrect this dream while at the same time trying to salvage his marriage to his wife, Annie.
Though Christy and Annie want to see him save the league, David finds himself in way over his head; the more he passionately tries to save it, the more he ends up hurting Christy and Annie. It’s a catch-22 that leaves his family wounded and David lost, wedged between his desire to revive the league so he can live with himself, and the desire to heal his family so they can live with him.
When David starts to keep secrets from Annie to satisfy these desires, he weaves a web of deceit that further fractures the family. At the same time, the town wrestles to keep its own secrets under wraps while it almost bursts with people leading double lives. They want David and the league to fail, and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want, even if they have to go through Christy and Annie to get it.
With the help of Johnny McFadden–a newfound friend who’s addicted to baseball–David concocts a plan to defend the league and his family. The pair will have to navigate through a maze of backroom politics, corruption, scandal and crime that extends to the professional sports world. David will have to call upon all of his legal and survival skills to try and turn things around.
Saving Babe Ruth is also the inspiring story about a baseball team full of teenage outcasts struggling to believe in themselves. When the time is right, they’ll face the prospect of having to fight crazy with crazy to save baseball for themselves, their town and beyond.
The novel reveals the underbelly of youth sports that’s hurting communities nationwide today, but readers and reviewers say you don’t have to be a fan of baseball or sports to enjoy the story. Its themes, including one of community responsibility, are beginning to resonate. The story is so powerful that one of the nation’s leading professional sports agents has threatened a lawsuit over the book. The novel has even caused one town to come to a standstill to hold an emergency board meeting over it. Watch this trailer video to learn more about how Saving Babe Ruth came to life.
New York Times bestselling author Margot Livesey says Swyers “has created a man for all seasons” in David Thompson and calls Saving Babe Ruth “an absorbing and compulsively readable novel.”
Saving Babe Ruth is the winner of a number of accolades including the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Book Award for “Best First Book: Fiction.”
If you like fast-paced and humor-laced stories, don’t miss this family’s fight to stay together as it confronts a youth sports underworld loaded with captivating characters.
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Award-winning author Tom Swyers first had an audience on the edge of their seat (and the girls giggling) when his play, The Great Train Robbery, made its debut in the seventh grade.
After high school, he worked his way through some of the best colleges in the country. Employed in a variety of jobs ranging from a late-night convenience store clerk to a fine jewelry salesperson, Tom eventually graduated from college and then worked his way through law school in the caverns of Wall Street.
Since then, he’s studied at the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute at Skidmore College. He’s also a member of both the Authors Guild and the Hudson Valley Writers Guild.
Along the way, he married his high school sweetheart and raised a family. With that came baseball, but that’s another story (Saving Babe Ruth). Tom is also an award-winning youth sports advocate.
When he isn’t writing or reading, Tom is usually running (literally) away from trouble on the back roads of Upstate, New York where he lives with his family and two cats (really two dogs working undercover).
Saving Babe Ruth is his first novel and these are some of the awards it has received:
- Gold Winner, “Best First Book: Fiction,” 2015 Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.
- Silver Winner, “Best Popular Fiction,” 2015 Independent Book Publisher Association’s Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.
- Reader Views, “Best Regional Fiction 2014/2015: Northeast.”
- Finalist, “Best New Fiction,” 2014 USA Best Book Awards.
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