Love or Baseball?

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20th Century (multiple decades),2000s

Jesse A. Murray

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As a kid growing up in Columbia, Missouri, Ozzie Shaw's only focus is baseball. With the help of his father, Ozzie has the passion, the drive, and the talent to one day make it into the Major Leagues. However, in high school, like many boys his age, Ozzie meets a girl, and falls in love. At the end of his senior year, Ozzie has to make that fateful decision: love or baseball?



Short Summary

The story begins with the main character Ozzie Shaw sitting with his father, and they are having their first beer together. Ozzie had recently returned home after suffering from an injury that put a hold on his career in the major leagues. They are both unsure on what to do next.


Columbia, MO, St. Louis, MO, Nashville, TN.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,,Rags to Riches

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message,,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Ozzie Shaw

Age: 18

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring, Complex, Lone Wolf, Obedient, Insecure, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities,Naive,Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Joe Shaw

Age: 37

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Manipulative, Aggressive, Blunt,Masculine,Aggressive,Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Elizabeth Fielder

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Funny, Heartthrob, Romantic, Beautiful, Charming, Engaging,Romantic,Educated,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Rick Belamy

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Confident, Educated, Gracious, Honorable, Leader, Selfless,Selfless,Funny

About The Author

Jesse A. Murray is a Canadian writer and high school teacher. His debut novel Love or Baseball was released in October 2018. He is currently working on a spin-off of his debut novel, and two other manuscripts.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Male Leaning

Group Specific

Sports fans, Baseball fans, St. Louis Cardinals.

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Off the Field Publishing

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available