Shoreview writer pens love letter to small town baseball

submitted photo • Author Tom Murray and his father. Murray, a 30-year Shoreview resident, wrote the book “Father, Sons, and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball,” available now.

Writing is no new hobby for Tom Murray, a newly retired special education teacher and 30-year Shoreview resident. 

He says he’s been writing his whole life. But once, long ago, he asked someone if they would read a manuscript of his. 

“This is horrific,” Murray recalls his reader spitting at him. Too embarrassed to give his writing to anyone else, Murray’s commitment to writing chilled. He decided to settle for publishing one copy of another manuscript — it would be something he could say he wrote, something his father could hold in his hands. 

In going to publishers to get that solitary copy, he found that the majority of the costs of publishing aren’t sunk in the number of books. If he was going through the trouble to have one published, he might as well have hundreds done. 

Now, with this knowledge and the extra retirement time on his hands, he’s returned to the pen, writing the new novel, “Father, Sons, and the Holy Ghosts of Baseball.” It’s available now, a story about small town’s “life or death” passion for baseball.

The story is set in the fictional town of Bancroft, Iowa, population 700, in the year 1974. It follows a young boy and his family who have just moved to town. 

“Baseball is the heal-all of everything,” Murray says. He began passing around free copies of his love letter to small town baseball, and, to his surprise, people liked it. 

Murray has begun selling the book on reading tours. He’ll be giving a reading at the Shoreview Library Feb. 28 starting at 7 p.m. — the library is located at 4560 Victoria St.

The book can be bought at Anna’s Hallmark Shop in Shoreview, at 1073 Highway 96.


— Solomon Gustavo

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