Chapter 1* Roy embarks on a journey by train to join the Chicago Cubs. * Roy experiences hunger on the train, a repeated theme throughout the novel. * Sam, Roy's trainer and scout, struggles with alcoholism. * Sam is not accepted and is often taunted. * Sam is a father figure to Roy and tries to give him the best of things. * Sam introduces himself and Roy to Max and Walter in an attempt to help Roy. * Roy meets "The Whammer" on the train and strikes him out after Sam sets up a match. * Newspaper headlines tell of the murder of athletes by a woman with a silver bullet. * Sam has a prophetic dream about his death. * Sam dies from being hit by a baseball thrown by Roy when he was trying to strike The Whammer out. * Roy reveals to Harriet Bird his goal of being the best baseball player ever. * When Roy...
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