Gene Moore

He was a baseball prodigy. At the age of fifteen, Gene Moore was a boy, playing like a man, in a game where men, play like boys.

Headed for baseball stardom with the Brooklyn Dodgers, his destiny was interrupted by
Pearl Harbor.
His life... and
maybe our
would be
forever altered.

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Lemont High School announces “One Book, One School” selection for 2009-10
April 29th, 2009

The Lemont High School English Department has chosen its required summer reading selections, as well as its “One Book, One School” choice, for the 2009-10 school year.

Every Lemont High School student is required to read the “One Book, One School” selection over the summer. Prior to the 2009-10 school year, students will read Playing with the Enemy, written by Gary Moore. Inspired by true events - the details of which the author learned just before his father passed away - Playing with the Enemy is the story of Moore’s father, Gene, who was an up-and-coming baseball player in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in the early 1940’s. His baseball career derailed by Pearl Harbor, Gene was stationed in Louisiana and asked to guard German sailors captured from the U-505 submarine. He convinced his commanding officer to allow him to teach the enemy how to play baseball, which changed his life forever. Read more...

From ball fields to battlefields
Author in town to tell father's tale
February 18th 2009

Storytelling proved to be a worthy pursuit for Moore as he presented his book with fervor to a large crowd Tuesday night at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall.

Drama students from Neuqua Valley High School opened the evening with a crowd-pleasing skit based on the book.

With an animated face and contagious enthusiasm, Moore took the stage, proudly holding a copy of his book. "That's amazing," he said. "To see them up here doing that really brings the story to life."

Moore began the evening lauding Naperville READS. "This community is a leader in these types of programs," he said. "I hope you understand what you have here. It's very special. Anderson's is an amazing store. I'm here because of Anderson's and your incredible library system."


Author's book details twists, turns of father's life
by By Melissa Jenco, Daily Herald Staff, Contact writer
Friday, February 20th 2009

Washington Junior High students recently got a lesson about the curve balls life can throw.

Naperville Reads author Gary W. Moore talked to the Naperville eighth-graders this week about the unexpected twists and turns in life and how they shaped his family. It's a tale he tells in his book, "Playing with the Enemy."

The book is a story about his father, Gene, who grew up in the small Illinois town of Sesser and was a talented baseball player recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers as a teenager.


Tell your story, says Town Hall speaker
By Sharron Hollen
Published: Thursday, October 16, 2008 4:31 AM CDT

Gary W. Moore hates to see libraries burn. He dislikes it enough, in fact, that he asked his Town Hall audience to pledge that they would do their best to keep it from happening.

The libraries that Moore speaks of are those contained in the personal stories that make up the lives of every individual.

"It's about the stories we haven't shared with others and the stories we haven't sought out from others," said Moore. He says that when individuals die and when no one has heard those stories he sees it the same as a library burning and all the volumes of stories being lost forever.

He figures he knows a little bit more about untold stories than most. It was an untold story that Moore's father had declined to share until only days before his death that prompted Moore to write the book "Playing with the Enemy," which will soon be made into a movie. Read more...

Fall in line for some autumnal thoughts
by Tom Hernandez
October 3,rd 2008

"The Great Read - 2008-2009" features a terrific book called "Playing with the Enemy," by Gary W. Moore.

The book tells the tale of Moore's father, Gene. Living with his family on a pig farm in Sesser, Ill., Gene was a baseball phenom. Despite his humble roots, he was considered one of the best catchers in the country. He was so good that the Brooklyn Dodgers signed him at age 15.

The resulting story deftly mixes history, the bonds between fathers and sons, shattered dreams, personal redemption, and yes, the myth of American baseball. The book is also being made into a major feature film.

Moore, who lives outside Kankakee, will be signing his book from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Joliet Barnes & Noble store on Route 30. Read more...

Great Read program features area author
From Submitted Reports
September 29,th 2008

PLAINFIELD -- "Playing With the Enemy" is such an amazing and inspirational tale about baseball, the relationship between fathers and sons, lost dreams and personal redemption that it'd be hard to believe that it's true -- if not for the German submarine sitting at the Museum of Science and Industry.

"Playing With the Enemy" is the centerpiece of The Great Read 2008-2009 community literacy program -- formerly known as Reading Across Plainfield.

The Great Read 2008-2009 is sponsored by the Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield School District, Joliet Public Library and Fountaindale Public Library. The Great Read is supported by a grant from the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence. Read more...

Author's Day brings written stories to the Hall
Scribes Moore, Glueckstein, Nelson and Lowenfish discuss their recent works
Published: 08/15/2008 1:02 PM ET

All were featured topics in baseball stories as four storytellers participated in Author's Day on Thursday at the National Hall of Fame and Museum. Gary Moore, Fred Glueckstein, Kadir Nelson and Lee Lowenfish each discussed their work and participated in a question-and-answer session as well as a book signing in the Bullpen Theater. Read more...

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Published: 08/11/2008 2:49 PM ET

Moore's Playing with the Enemy is a story -- inspired by true events -- of Gene Moore, a Navy seaman who taught prisoners of German U-boat U-505 how to play baseball. Author Gary Moore did not learn of his father's remarkable story until the day before Gene Moore's death. Read more...

Book no minor accomplishment
by The Daily Journal
08/09/2008, 10:40 pm

Success is no stranger to Bourbonnais resident Gary Moore.

Moore has been named the 1995 Bradley-Bourbonnais Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year. Moore is currently the President & Managing Partner of Covenant Air & Water.


Playing with the Enemy Author Gary Moore
My Fox, Milwaukee, Online News
Monday, April 28th 2008

WITI-T—Author Gary Moore wrote the book "Playing with the Enemy" which is about his father's dream to be a Brooklyn Dodgers player. FOX 6's Mark Concannon talks with the author.

Thursday, April 24th 2008

BoomerTimes & SeniorLife

Radio Talk Show with Gary Moore and Anita Finley

The Anita Finley Show interviews Gary W. Moore, author of Playing With The Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, World War II, and the Long Journey Home on her radio talk show, WSBR, 740 AM, Boca Raton, Florida.

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CNN: Playing with the Enemy is Soon to Be a Movie!
CNN.com, Online News
Thursday, April 3rd 2008

Thursday, April 3rd 2008

Eight Forty-Eight

Extended Interview with Gary W. Moore

Eight Forty-Eight's Jason Marck spoke with Gary W. Moore, author of Playing With The Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, World War II, and the Long Journey Home. Moore's father Gene was from Sesser, Illinois, and emerged as a baseball star before World War II.

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Film to chronicle life of Brooklyn Dodger Gene Moore
By Christina Hansen
March 31st 2008

White Light Entertainment and MediaOne Ventures will be co-producing the upcoming film Playing With The Enemy, which chronicles the life of professional baseball player Gene Moore.

The film’s production promises to be a family affair. The professional baseballer’s son Gary Moore based the screenplay on his 2006 book Playing With The Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, a World at War, and a Field of Broken Dreams. Moore’s grandson, actor Toby Moore, co-wrote the screenplay with his father, and will be playing his grandfather in the film.

Playing With The Enemy tells the extraordinary story of Gene Moore, a talented young catcher who was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940 when he was only 15 years old. His career was cut short, however, by the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States' entry into World War II. The Dodgers arranged for Moore to join a traveling Navy baseball team that traversed across Europe, playing exhibition games and entertaining U.S. troops.

The team was later assigned to a Louisiana prison to guard a group of German prisoners of war captured when their submarine was forced to surface after experiencing mechanical failures. Because of the code-breaking implications of the sub’s capture, the German prisoners’ existence was kept a secret. Moore and his fellow guards began to pass the days teaching the game of baseball to the German POWs.

David Ranes will direct the film, which is scheduled to begin shooting this summer in Canada. Read more...

Molen, MediaOne in Baseball Pic
By Nyay Bhushan
March 18th 2008


Oscar-winning "Schindler's List" producer Gerald Molen's White Light Entertainment will co-produce the World War II live action drama "Playing With The Enemy" with MediaOne Ventures, the U.K.-based unit of animation company Compact Disc India.

"The film's budget is roughly $30 million and we plan to begin filming in the summer in Canada," CDI chairman Suresh Kumar said in an interview Tuesday.

Directed by David Ranes, the film will be based on the real-life story of baseball player Gene Moore, as told in author Gary Moore's book, "Playing With the Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, a World at War, and a Field of Broken Dreams."

In May, MediaOne plans to try to raise $60 million by listing shares on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange, Kumar said. Read more...

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