Anne Keene Military Luncheon at the Poinsett Club
When: Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at Noon
Where: The Poinsett Club (807 E Washington St, Greenville, SC 29601)
If You Cannot Make the Event
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If You’re Attending the Event
Author Anne Keene will be speaking about her new book, Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II at a military book talk and signing at the Poinsett Club on Thursday, April 4th at noon. Your $54 ticket admits one to the event, includes lunch, and benefits a military charity. Tickets can be purchased online, in store, or by calling Fiction Addiction at 864-675-0540.
About Cloudbuster Nine
In 1943, while the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals were winning pennants and meeting in that year’s World Series, one of the nation’s strongest baseball teams practiced on a skinned-out college field in the heart of North Carolina. Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain were among a cadre of fighter-pilot cadets who wore the Cloudbuster Nine baseball jersey at an elite Navy training school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As a child, Anne Keene’s father, Jim Raugh, suited up as the team batboy and mascot. He got to know his baseball heroes personally, watching players hit the road on cramped, tin-can buses, dazzling factory workers, kids, and service members at dozens of games, including a war-bond exhibition with Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium.
Jimmy followed his baseball dreams as a college All-American but was crushed later in life by a failed major-league bid with the Detroit Tigers. He would have carried this story to his grave had Anne not discovered his scrapbook from a Navy school that shaped America’s greatest heroes including George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, John Glenn, and Paul “Bear” Bryant.
With the help of rare images and insights from World War II baseball veterans such as Dr. Bobby Brown and Eddie Robinson, the story of this remarkable team is brought to life for the first time in The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II.