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A Diamond for Her: Myths & Tales of the Winasook Iron Horses

He loved her enough to build her a baseball stadium.

In 1920, railroad man Raymond Blythe had a series of disturbing dreams—giant creatures with Greek names playing baseball. He was determined to find out what they meant. The dreams set him on a bizarre quest to find a connection between Iowa, Theodore Roosevelt, baseball, and his deceased father. While searching for answers at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, he met a young librarian named Rochelle Christy. This meeting sets him on another quest—to win her hand in marriage even if it means he has to establish his own baseball league in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains.

A Diamond for Her chronicles the fictitious history of the Winasook Iron Horses, who were the founding members of the Allegheny Independent League from 1921-1955. Baseball magic was born in these mountains proving time and again that anything can happen inside the diamond. Included in these remarkable stories told by retired doctor Charles “Shoeshine” Henry are:

Raymond Blythe has a one-pitch duel with Theodore Roosevelt III at Chautauqua Institution.

Pike tries to set a new world record by sitting on top of Rochelle Stadium’s right field 

Bess, Raymond’s longtime live-in maid, insists on being present for the first game at Greenlee Field in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1932 as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and the Pittsburgh Crawfords defeat the Homestead Grays. But that’s not why Bess wanted to attend. She holds a deep secret, and it’s inside the diamond.

An Iron Horses’ player loses his life in World War II and his brother asks to substitute for the martyr for one game, but something is not as it seems.

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