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Baseball is the national past time and the Clinton LumberKings are in the national spotlight. A new book "Class A: Baseball In The Middle of Everywhere" spotlights the teams 2010 season.

"There's such a tradition of baseball and the team has been in the Midwest league forever," says author Lucas Mann.

The city has had a baseball team since the 1950's. It's one of the reasons author Lucas Mann decided to focus his book on the Clinton LumberKings.

"It's the chronicle of the 2010 season of the Clinton LumberKings and it goes beyond that," adds Mann.

The author embedded himself with the team while writing "Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere". Mann spent time and talked with players and coaches. He also became part of the LumberKings community.

"It was just sort of amazing to be around people who had season tickets for decades, who see each other at the games all the time," says Mann, "They have this long tradition of rooting for the team and all these memories attached to the place."

LumberKings management say the idea for the book was all Mann's.

"He came up with the idea," says General Manger of the LumberKings Baseball Club Ted Tornow, "He stepped into my office one day and said, "Here's my thought and here's what I want to do. Can you help me make my dream come true?"

The team got permission from its major league affiliate the Seattle Mariners.

"I said are you sure you want to do this, why us?" adds Tornow, "He said, "Well, you pretty much capture the essence of what minor league baseball is all about,"

Part of the essence Mann writes about in his book is the stadium which was built in the 1930's.

"It's right on the Mississippi River and when the team did a renovation of the stadium it didn't add bells and whistles," says Mann, "They seemed to really recognize that there's a really wonderful quality for people."

For the LumberKings having a book about the team is a homerun.

"It's huge. You know we're a little city of 27,000 people and probably the smallest market in all of professional baseball," says Turnow, "To have a book is publicity you can't buy."

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