Klima states in the preface, “This is not a textbook or a reference book. I wanted it to be the first book to put baseball players into combat, and to let the reader discover the magnitude of their contributions by making them experience how they felt, yet rose to the occasion at the cost of personal sacrifice.” Klima succeeded.
Edwin Hiss earned his doctorate in biology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. A retired administrative officer of the department of chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, he is a long-time St. Louis Cardinal fan and season-ticket holder of 20 years. Hiss’s prior professional and administrative positions include work at the University of Texas Cancer Center and University of Tennessee School of Biomedical Sciences. A native of northern Ohio and lifelong Cleveland Indians fan, he fondly remembers Bobby Feller, Larry Doby, Luke Easter, Al Rosen, Jim Hegan and the rest of the early ’50s team.