Playing with the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, a World at War,
and a Field of Broken Dreams

by Gary W. Moore 





Gary W. Moore 



About the Book


Playing with the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, a World at War, and a Field of Broken Dreams by Gary W. Moore 


In Playing with the Enemy, Gary W. Moore tells the story of his father, Gene Moore, who, as a young man from the small town of Sesser, Illinois, had an extraordinary talent for baseball.  


Gene Moore’s ability on the diamond attracted the attention of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who signed him, and he was on his way to a professional baseball career. Then Pearl Harbor was attacked and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During the war, he continued to play baseball—and was assigned to guard secret German POWs, whom he taught to play baseball.  


But it was also during the war that his dream of a career in the Majors fell apart.  


After the war, the direction of Gene Moore’s career took a turn, and he experienced some difficult years before accepting the new direction of his life.  


Playing with the Enemy earned the 2006 Military Writers Society of America Book of the Year award.  


Playing with the Enemy is soon to be a motion picture, in which actor Toby Moore, Gary Moore’s son, will portray his grandfather.



About the Author


Gary W. Moore is an author, entrepreneur, business executive, speaker, sales trainer, and musician. In addition to writing the book Playing with the Enemy, Moore is also a contributing author for Chicken Soup for the Father and Son Soul


Gary W. Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from VanderCook College of Music. 


He lives in Bourbonnais, Illinois.


Author Presentations


Gary W. Moore spoke at Batavia Public Library, Thursday, March 18, during two presentations, 12 noon and 7 p.m.


Tickets (free) are required for the evening presentation. Visit or call the Reference Desk, (630) 879-4777, for tickets.




Soldiers in Greasepaint

During World War II, many entertainers answered the call to arms by joining the USO and entertaining troops around the world. Presenter Donna Nowak, singer and storyteller, toured twice with the USO. Hear the songs of the big bands such as Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and others, and the stories of what happened along the way.


WWII: A Riflemanss Perspective

Learn how soldiers of the U.S. Mountain Infantry Regiment, Italy, fought the war, from presenter Phil Lauricella. View artifacts and uniforms unique to mountain soldiering—snowshoes, crampons, and more.


Those Were the Days Radio Show

Radio was the everyman’s medium during the War II. In addition to news from the front, radio programs brought entertaining stories and skits into America’s living rooms. Those Were the Days Radio Players West will perform two shows representing radio programming of the early 1940s.


WWII Radio Hour

The Batavia-based Festive Singers bring back the songs of the ’40s that kept the  nation’s spirit flying high. Hear Sentimental Journey, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and many more.


A Fireside Chat with Franklin D. Roosevelt

Chicago Actor R. J. Lindsey portrayed FDR and talked about the New Deal, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the challeneges facing the Allies in 1942. In typical Roosevelt fashion, Lindsey also shared stories about Eleanor Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and FDR's dog Fala.


Book DiscussionPlaying with the Enemy by Gary W. Moore


Online Book Discussion

The Library hosted an online book discussion from February 1 through March 31, 2010.