Nestled at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers in the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory resides one of the most dominant college baseball dynasties in the nation. The Marietta College Pioneersknown as the ’Etta Express for the way they’ve barreled over opponents for half a centuryown a record five NCAA Division III National Championships, including 2011. Finally, the best-kept secret in college sports springs to life as author Gary Caruso digs into the personalities behind this incredible success story to reveal the compelling human drama that’s made Marietta College baseball a treasure all readers are sure to enjoy.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
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About the Author
Gary Caruso is a graduate of Marietta College and is a product of its baseball program, where he lettered twice as a student assistant coach under the legendary Don Schaly. He also is the co-author of Behind the Plate, the autobiography of former Atlanta Braves catcher Javy Lopez, released by Triumph Books in spring 2012. Caruso is the best-known and most accomplished of modern Atlanta Braves historians. A career sports journalist, he is the author of The Braves Encyclopedia (Temple University Press, 1995) and Turner Field: Rarest of Diamonds (Longstreet Press, 1997). Editor of numerous Braves publications for the last twenty years, he has the unique distinction of having delivered the eulogies for two of the greatest pitchers in historyWarren Spahn and Lou Burdette. He also conceived and raised the funds for the Warren Spahn statue that stands in front of Turner Field in Atlanta, and he designed and scripted the popular Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium Mural at the Braves’ home ballpark. Caruso lives in suburban San Diego with his wife, Lane, and their Boston terrier, Pumpkin.