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Banana Ball by Jesse Cole
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May 16, 2023 | ISBN 9780593742501 | 393 Minutes

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Finalist for the CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year

Named One of the Best Baseball Books of 2023 by Sports Collectors’ Digest 

One of Kirkus’ “10 Nonfiction Books To Broaden Your Summer Reading”

Featured in Garden and Gun‘s “The Big Southern Summer Reading List”

“The Savannah Bananas are one of the greatest—and most improbable—stories in sports. This is the story of how Banana Ball was born, told by the inventor himself.”—Esquire

“Cole’s belief in Banana Ball shines through on the page, and it found me ripe for the picking.”Washington Post

“Jesse Cole…has turned the Savannah Bananas, a minor league exhibition baseball team, into a world-class case study in marketing and customer experience…If you want to dig into the marketing lessons that Cole used to turn a minor league exhibition team into a sensation, you can start by reading Cole’s latest book.”—Forbes

Banana Ball recounts [Cole’s] early passion for the game, how baseball introduced him to his wife, Emily, and the team’s wacky 2016 launch in the summer collegiate Coastal Plain League…what Cole hopes readers take away from the book is inspiration to stand out—with or without a yellow tux”—Atlanta

To hell with designated hitters: This baseball-like game makes up the rules as it goes along. This particular circus is reimagining baseball as a game that not only purists and traditionalists can love. Anyone who can think outside the diamond will enjoy Cole’s entertaining yarn.Kirkus

Banana Ball provides an engaging look at the team’s founding and its “fans first, entertain always” philosophy…Where the book really scores is when it focuses on Cole’s personal backstory, including his relationships with his dad and Emily and the early days of trying to build the Banana empire.” Associated Press

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