The Depot Hill Gang is the true story of a bunch of teenagers who summered together in the small town of Amenia in the countryside outside New York City and did every thing a kid of that age and at that time was supposed to (and not supposed) to do. It was a simpler time when kids could go from yard to yard and disappear for the day on their bikes and make their own fun. (continued below)
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This engaging, charming and hilarious book will take anyone who grew up in that era back to the childhood they either wished they had had or, if they were lucky, the one they did have. You may never meet anyone of these people but they tell the essential summer story of the day and you'll find yourself wishing you could do it all over again! As much fun as they had and as much trouble as they either got into or managed not to get into, they were surprisingly serious about their sandlot baseball. When they couldn't find a neighboring town to take them on, they split the team and played against each other. The followed the majors closely in the days of Willie Mays and Reggie Jackson and had big baseball dreams.
While author Ken Walsh had a nearly inextinguishable dream of the playing in the big leagues, a knee injury turned both his knee and his life in a different direction. He is now the Executive Director of the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville, Maine, the nation's only combined Boys/Girls Club and Y organization. His love of baseball never diminished and he has had the great fortune of meeting and befriending a number of ball players from Mike Torrez and Jim Rice to Cal Ripken and Luis Tiant to name a few. He spearheaded an effort to build a MLB-approved 2/3rds size Fenway Park in rural Oakland, Maine at Camp Tracy, a summer camp that is part of the Boys/Girls/Y center he runs. Ken has lived life to the fullest and it all started in Brooklyn where he grew up and Amenia where he summered and eventually moved. His love of life and people is infectious and he does the world a favor by sharing this joyful and relatable slice of his life.
Praise for The Depot Hill Gang…
"I can't say enough about this book. This story! It brought me back to memories of my childhood that were so dear and forever cherished. Making friends, that at the time, you didn't know would be in your life forever! The author was able to make the story alive! I felt like I too was part of the Depot Hill Gang! Thank you!" ~ K.F.
"We all will never forget those great moments playing sandlot baseball as a kid. Ken captured those special times. The Depot Hill Gang learned many lessons of life through the game of baseball that cemented their adulthood." ~ Mike Torrez, two-time World Series Major League All-Star Pitcher
"The Depot Hill Gang is a rare gem of a book that takes the reader back to an unforgettable summer of baseball and fast friends in 1973 New York. Ken Walsh captures everything magical about childhood before video games and helicopter parenting.
"You’ll experience the characters, the antics, the independence that gave Walsh a childhood kids today can’t imagine. You’ll laugh out loud as the gang swipes a railroad hand push cart. You’ll feel nostalgia as Walsh visits his Grandmother in Brooklyn for the last time. And you’ll be amazed as the gang pulls together and builds their own “Field of Dreams” in a local cornfield.
"This book is a must read whether you’re a child of the 70’s, a baseball fan, or just want to escape to a simpler time of bike rides, ice cream cones and childhood adventures." ~ A.N.
"Baseball is a great American pastime and part of the fabric of our rich and diverse nation. For many, it is part of the experience of growing up and teaches so many significant life lessons that remain with us as adults and throughout life. The Depot Hill Gang will remind you of the importance of being a kid and how special activities can shape our lives." ~ Jim Clark, President of CEO Boys and Girls Club of America
"Here's a genuinely written story that's one part "The Sandlot" and an equal mix of "Our Gang." Prepare yourself for the full range of thoughts and emotions that memory lane provides! In the end, it's just a fun read that brings everyone back to an innocent time in life and reminds us of the importance in reconnecting with this frame of mind even as an adult. Two thumbs up!" ~ T.L.
"An enjoyable read from cover to cover, this is a witty, inspirational story about friendship, growing up, and - of course - baseball. Ken's voice really comes through here; his unbridled passion for life, as well as his love for "the game", become apparent in the first few pages. "The Depot Hill Gang" is written simply, yet articulately, and is suitable for most ages. For teens it could be motivation to come together, get active, partake in some healthy competition, and never say quit. For their parents it's sure to be a nostalgic look back at a simpler (albeit, more mischievous) time." ~ M.M.
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At the rededication of Camp Tracy's "Field of Dreams" Fenway Park in June, 2014. "The Depot Hill Gang" author and Alfond Youth Center Executive Director Ken Walsh has helped generations of kids play their hearts out at this beautiful MLB-sanctioned 2/3rds scale Fenway Park on McGrath Pond in Oakland, Maine.