The little village of Homer, Michigan, found itself in the national spotlight when a collection of talented baseball players chased down a national record in the mid-2000s.
As Homer treated fans to dramatic wins on the field, its popular coach was struggling off the field, immersed in an uncomfortable situation he never saw coming.
Get a behind the scenes look at what made the Trojans special, how the town found its identify through a group of teenagers, and the trying times of coach Scott Salow. With a foreword by longtime Detroit Free Press preps editor, Mick McCabe, this book is an intriguing read for sports fans of all ages.
The 2nd edition of Homer: The Small-Town Baseball Odyssey is now available.
It has updates on the main characters from the book, including Josh Collmenter, who went from an overlooked high school star to a major league pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Collmenter still loves his hometown and returns to Homer often in the offseason. Learn what it’s like for a country kid to realize his dream and become a valuable member of an MLB pitching staff.
Read some excerpts…
Homer gets over elusive hump
Blissfield’s baseball facility is ridiculous; think Texas high-school football crazy.
That’s thanks mostly to a $375,000 donation in 1995 by O.W. Farver, owner of Blissfield Manufacturing, an automotive component supplier and the town’s largest employer. All that cash helped produce a field featuring a $17,000 irrigation system with a 50-head underground sprinkler system, sunken Major League-style dugouts, 250 stadium seats behind home plate, and a scoreboard bigger than some backstops.
Cornstubble, Holcomb form bond
While Dan Holcomb’s former Homer teammates in basketball and football were representing their school, the talented pitcher was spending his time in Grand Rapids working with professional coaches and trying to expand his mound repertoire.
Holcomb had a driving buddy for all those trips back and forth from Grand Rapids, which was about 100 miles each way. Catcher Dale Cornstubble, who was always a one-sport guy, was training with Holcomb at the Diamonds Sports Training Facility. While there was snow on the ground and baseball seemed a million miles away for most high schoolers in Michigan, Holcomb and Cornstubble were working on techniques and drills to improve themselves.