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Legends on Deck Featured in Baseball Novel “The Kid”

In case you missed it, the Legends on Deck team of David Conde and Brian Koss were recently featured in a baseball novel, The Kid:  The Robert Anthony Series Book 1.  The book was released in 2023 by Brian’s father-in-law, Robert Anthony Badalament.  Conde and Koss are cast as (you guessed it) baseball writers who provide breaking news and commentary via social media.  The Kid is a baseball novel, geared toward all-ages, but packed full of baseball knowledge and historical references. 

“After losing his parents to an auto accident at the age of two, Robert Anthony is raised by his grandmother and her friend, Manuel, a former major league baseball player. It quickly becomes evident to Manuel that Robert has a special talent. Through a series of extraordinary events and with the help of the Baseball Gods, Robert is given his chance with the Detroit Tigers. However, is The Kid talented enough to become the youngest player in major league history at the age of fifteen?” 

The book also includes a Forward by former Detroit Tigers television broadcaster, Mario Impemba.  Mario writes:

“This book represents his personal baseball fantasy–one that is shared by countless fans worldwide.  There is an innocence to this story–an innocence that symbolizes an era when professional baseball was played purely for the love of the game.  When uniforms were wool and everyday was gameday.

Baseball has always possessed a mythical quality.  Its history littered with larger-than-life characters that possessed incredible feats. Many of these real-life characters wore the Tigers uniform.”

The character, Robert Anthony, shares a name with the author himself, Robert Anthony Badalament.  To celebrate the real Robert Anthony’s 70th birthday, we encourage you to go out and purchase a copy of The Kid and own a piece of Legends on Deck history!

Purchase The Kid: The Robert Anthony Series Book 1 


Brian is the Managing Editor at Legends on Deck and Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. He's been writing about baseball at LOD since 2017. He grew up in the Detroit area and is a lifelong Tigers fan. However, he shares some affinity for his son George's favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. Brian also has a particular interest in the amateur side of the game, including high school, college and collegiate summer league baseball. Brian and George also love collecting and selling baseball cards. You can find them selling on eBay (@Kossball) or posting on George's Instagram (@Kossball). Brian lives in Horizon West (Winter Garden), Florida with his wife (Grace), three daughters and George the Card Kid. You can also reach him at

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