Autobiography Review – One Line Drive

Ponce De Leon, Daniel. One Line Drive. With Tom Zenner. New York: Faith Words, 2021.

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Daniel Ponce de Leon’s hard-fought journey to Major League Baseball and recovery from a near-death injury, followed by his astonishing big league debut, will inspire readers to trust God in all circumstances.

The path to achieving your dreams is not always easy. Daniel Ponce de Leon, a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, overcame many challenges to get to the major leagues. Drafted four times, he spent a long four years climbing his way up through the minors before finally reaching AAA, only a step away from realizing his goal. Then, Daniel’s dream was almost shattered when he was struck in the head by one line drive. Spending weeks in the hospital and months recovering from a large epidural hematoma, skull fracture, brain swelling, and hemorrhaging, Daniel held on to his belief that he would one day pitch again at the highest level.  

Fourteen months later, and fully recovered, he made his first major league start, becoming the fifth pitcher in modern major league history to throw seven innings of no-hit ball in his initial outing. MLB.com referred to it as one of the greatest debuts in Major League Baseball history.

In One Line Drive, Daniel retells his remarkable journey, sharing how he never would have made it without his faith in God and the support of family and friends. Full of grit, determination, and faith, Daniel’s story is an inspiring reminder to keep pressing on regardless of any setback or disappointment.

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My Review

It is no secret I am a baseball fan. I am also a fan of any athlete who uses his/her platform to talk about a relationship with Christ. One Line Drive combines those things. It is an autobiographical story that shows how God got the attention of Daniel Ponce De Leon. I really appreciated the honesty Ponce De Leon has as he shares his book – his story is full of ups and downs. There were times when I had a hard time putting the book down because of the great details and excitement that the plot had built up. Tom Zenner did a great job of helping Daniel Ponce De Leon write his story. 

Librarians who are considering placing One Line Drive in their k-12 Christian school library should be aware of the fact that Daniel and his wife had a child together before they were married. It is not a major plot point but Daniel does discuss it and talks about how it is outside of God’s design. There is also one incidence of alcohol consumption which is quite minor considering the story is a sports story. I would place it in my library. The book may be an encouragement to an athlete who has been sidelined by an injury. 

I received a complimentary copy of One Line Drive. This is my honest review. 

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