Bengie Molina

World champion, 2x Gold Glove-winning catcher, author

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Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty, by Bengie Molina and Joan Ryan
A baseball rules book.
A tape measure.
A lottery ticket.

These were in the pocket of Bengie Molina's father when he died of a heart attack on the rutted Little League field in his Puerto Rican barrio. The items serve as thematic guideposts in Molina's beautiful memoir about his father, who through baseball taught his three sons about loyalty, humility, courage, and the true meaning of success.

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Available in paperback in Spanish

"An affecting memoir. ...A simply told, deeply moving story, quite unlike the usual baseball book."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A good baseball story, but an even better story of fathers, sons, and the importance of family."
Booklist, starred review

"It's this year's baseball book most likely to be made into a terrific movie. ...An ideal Father's Day present."
The Chicago Tribune

"For three brothers to make it to the big leagues, to all play the same demanding position, and to appear, between them, in eight World Series to date is remarkable enough. What is just as remarkable is the backstory—the family, especially the parents, who made Yadier, Bengie, and Josť Molina the ballplayers and men they became."
Bob Costas

"If Molina was just a baseball book explaining how a small town in Puerto Rico produced a historic set of three brothers who became Major League catchers and earned six World Series championships, it would still be a terrific read. The reality is that Molina is that and much more: it is a great book. Molina will touch you on many levels."
Tony La Russa