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Book Review: Nothing Down: The Short Baseball Life of Homer Newbody by Mike Reuther

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Nothing Down: The Short Baseball Life of Homer Newbody by Mike Reuther is an engaging fictional tale about a baseball player who bursts upon the Major Leagues by throwing two no-hitters in his first starts.

Reuther describes classic plays by Homer. For instance, he details a 7th inning face-down with Cyclone, a big homerun hitter for Cleveland. There were two players on base. Homer threw a fat pitch to Cyclone. The hitter took the pitch in stride as the fat ball came sailing in. He swung for it and missed narrowly. The Yankee Stadium fans exploded with joy.

The author details the media frenzy which occurred after Homer secured his second no-hitter in a row. The baseball stat geeks figured out that the chance of Homer getting two no-hitters in a row was about a billion to one. Some fans imagined that Homer was just a freak of nature.

The local press was amazed to hear that Homer wasn’t looking to be paid big money for his efforts on the field. After all, people with far less talent were making more money than he was making. Nonetheless, Homer was content to enjoy the game of baseball opting not to take the big money.

Reuther methodically relates many of the small town virtues that Homer brought to the game of baseball. The character was a paragon of hard work, clean living, modesty, shyness, and an aversion for big money.

Homer couldn’t get over the fact that people had come from miles away to see him play baseball. Wild fans were adamant that he sign their tee shirts, diaries, paper scraps, and other things big fans seek to have on hand when they meet the star of their dreams.

Reuther is successful in building up the character of Homer so that the readers can be engaged significantly. The story builds up to a surprise ending that no-one would expect. So, read the book and find out how it all ends.

Nothing Down by Mike Reuther is a wonderful book which extols small town virtues, the environment of a big city with high stakes, adoring fans, and an inquiring press.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.