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July 18, 2017 at 11:08 am

Wanczyk Authors First Book about Blind Baseball

Dr. David Wanczyk

Dr. David Wanczyk

Ohio University alum and English faculty member Dr. David Wanczyk has authored the first book about blind baseball. Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind comes out in hardcover on Oct. 1.

“For me, the important thing was to tell the story of beep baseball without idealizing and without patronizing. The sport is more than a feel-good, rah-rah thing. It’s tough and exciting, and the players are as salty as anyone in a major league clubhouse. It was an amazing experience getting to know them and getting to report on this odd game,” says Wanczyk.

Wanczyk is Editor of New Ohio Review and Coordinator for Special Programs in the English Department. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the College of Arts & Sciences.

Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind book cover, showing a baseball player laying out for a grounder.Abstract: In Beep, David Wanczyk illuminates the sport of blind baseball to show us a remarkable version of America’s pastime. With balls tricked out to beep three times per second like a troubling EKG and with bases that buzz, beep baseball is both innovative and intensely competitive. And when the best beep baseball team in America, the Austin Blackhawks, takes on its international rival, Taiwan Homerun, no one’s thinking about disability. What we find are athletes playing their hearts out for a championship.

Wanczyk follows teams around the world and even joins them on the field to produce a riveting inside narrative about the game and its players. Can Austin’s Lupe Perez overcome his temper and lead his team to victory? Can Ethan Johnston, kidnapped and intentionally blinded as a child in Ethiopia, find a new home in beep baseball? Will Taiwan’s MVP Ching-kai Chen—“the looker” who is suspected of having better vision than he claims—keep up his incredible play as he fights legal troubles at home? Do players come to terms with their blindness through the game, or does it inflame their close-to-the-surface frustration about their disability?

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