Book Club

A Conversation with Anne Keene

Join us on March 29th at 2pm for a conversation with local author, Anne Keene, about her newest book: Cloudbuster Nine, The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Enjoy a cold drink as we get together to discuss this moving and unique look at a pivotal point in US History.

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About Cloudbuster Nine

Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain were among a cadre of fighter-pilot cadets who wore the Cloudbuster Nine baseball jersey at an elite Navy training school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a child, Anne Keene's father, Jim Raugh, suited up as the team batboy and mascot. He got to know his baseball heroes personally, watching players hit the road on cramped, tin-can buses, dazzling factory workers, kids, and service members at dozens of games, including a war-bond exhibition with Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium. Jimmy followed his baseball dreams as a college All American but was crushed later in life by a failed major-league bid with the Detroit Tigers. He would have carried this story to his grave had Anne not discovered his scrapbook from a Navy school that shaped America's greatest heroes including Presidents George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, Marine and astronaut John Glenn, and Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. With the help of rare images and insights from MLB World War II baseball veterans such as Dr. Bobby Brown and Eddie Robinson, the story of this remarkable team is brought to life for the first time in The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team Who Helped Win World War II.

Positive Reviews:

“Anne Keene’s remarkable The Cloudbuster Nine is a terrific piece of research into a forgotten corner of American history – a place where the myths of major league baseball intersect with the myths of the Second World War. It is also a place inhabited by her own father, who becomes the myth that ties it all together. An excellent read!"

― S. C. GWYNNE, author of New York Timesbestsellers Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell

​"... a captivating look at a fascinating piece of baseball―and American history. Hats off to Anne Keene for unearthing this story, and writing it down for us all!"

― SCOTT ELLSWORTH, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Game

“... a superb historic read that will inspire athletically gifted young men to also Patriotically Fly in Naval Aviation."

― DAN PEDERSEN, author of TOPGUN: An American Story

About Anne Keene

Anne is drawn toward history that defines peoples’ truths. She began her career as a writer after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree, working in radio news/television documentary research and production, and serving as a press secretary and speechwriter in both Congress and a presidential administration.

The Cloudbuster Nine was a finalist for the 2018 CASEY Award for "Best Baseball Book of the Year." She has spoken at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, major-league ballparks, museums, libraries, SABR and Naval Academy chapters nationwide.

Anne's work has appeared in the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Raleigh News & Observer and a host of national sports publications. She is currently interviewing the last surviving MLB players who served in WWII and serves on the board of the Texas Library and Archives Foundation. Anne swims for Longhorn Aquatics Masters at the University of Texas and is passionate about supporting fitness for veterans, children and 50-something athletes.