Tim Wendel

Tim Wendel is the author most recently of Summer of ‘68: The Season When Baseball, and America, Changed Forever, (Da Capo). The narrative nonfiction work was a Top 10 choice by Publisher’s Weekly and a Notable Book for 2013 by the State of Michigan. 

His previous book— High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time—was an Editor’s Selection by The New York Times Book Review.

 Of his nine books, Tim has published several novels, including Castro’s Curveball (Ballantine/ U of Nebraska) and Red Rain (Writers’ Lair). 
 His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, Washingtonian, National Geographic Traveler, Huffington Post, The Potomac Review, Gargoyle, GQ and Esquire.

Books and Lesson Plans

  • Castro’s Curveball

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    Recently widowed and now retired, Billy Bryan is “coming to the end of many things.” Then a long-forgotten scrapbook stirs memories of a distant past—and beckons him and his grown daughter on a reluctant journey to relive his role in history. In 1947 Bryan was playing winter ball in Cuba, his future as uncertain as the island country’s. Then one fateful night Bryan witnessed a young student radical named Fidel unleash an amazing curveball. So begins Bryan's tug-of-war with destiny.

    Appropriate for grades 9 and up.

    Course lesson plans for Castro's Curveball are currently in development.

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