Book captures a legacy

Book captures a legacy

By Lori Holcomb
Battle Creek Enquirer

A group of hearty, good ol’ boys, a coach that guided their way into baseball history books while battling behind the scenes for his job and a small town that backed them along the way – sounds like a great story, right?

Homer baseball coach Scott Salow thought so and when the Trojan skipper voiced the idea after a 2005 playoff victory, it stuck with Jeff Karzen. [Read more…]

Book on Homer baseball recalls games, controversy

Book on Homer baseball recalls games, controversy

By Mike Warner
Homer Index

Followers of Homer High School baseball will have a chance to relive the Trojans’ remarkable three-year run from 2004-06 that included a pair of state championships and a national winning streak in a book written by Battle Creek Enquirer sports reporter Jeff Karzen.

The book is entitled “Homer: The Small-Town Baseball Odyssey,” and includes a foreword from Detroit Free Press sports writer Mick McCabe. [Read more…]

The new ‘Homer’ epic

The new ‘Homer’ epic

By Tony Paul
Detroit News

Remember the Homer High baseball team, that talented batch of ballplayers from southwest Michigan that once won a national-record 75 consecutive games?

Well, now the program really has gone big-time, thanks to this week’s release of “Homer: The Small-Town Baseball Odyssey,” a 224-page book chronicling the days before, during and after the historic run of victories. [Read more…]

Karzen covers his bases in ‘Homer’

Karzen covers his bases in ‘Homer’

By Scott DeCamp
Kalamazoo Gazette

A native of suburban Chicago, Jeff Karzen never got much of a chance to witness small-town living, but he has long been intrigued by it.

“For some reason, the small-town thing has always been appealing to me,” said Karzen, a 28-year-old from Evanston, Ill., who is a sportswriter for the Battle Creek Enquirer. [Read more…]