In 1996, Matt Dahlgren made a promise to his late grandfather. When Babe Dahlgren passed away, he left behind a nearly completed manuscript. He wanted more than anything to tell his story. And so begins the endearing story between a grandfather and his grandson. "Rumor in Town" is more than just a journey throughout a fascinating career in baseball. It's a captivating look at Babe Dahlgren's life, from tragedy and poor beginnings in San Francisco where, by the age of 6, he set his sights on a dream. It is a look at his days in the Pacific Coast League, striving to get to the other side of the country to that dream: the Big Leagues. There are stories from the many dugouts, clubhouses, and trains that blazed across America; stories about Hall of Fame players and managers; and the historic day he replaced his boyhood idol, Lou Gehrig. But it's more than that.It is about the failures of Kenesaw Mountain Landis and Albert 'Happy' Chandler to punish the likes of Joe McCarthy and Branch Rickey for spreading a rumour throughout baseball while Babe played under a cloud of suspicion. "Rumour in Town" uncovers moments where a bond was fostered between a boy and his grandpa.
Etched in Matt's memory are true stories from the greatest era the game has ever seen. So too are the frozen moments in time shared with Babe when he passed these stories down. How Matt watched him speak highly with boyish smiles of the game he held so dear, yet cry over the painful scars it left behind because of a rumour that he ultimately took to his grave. A wrong Matt promised to right.