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My Australian Adventure

It’s October of 1888, and little Clarence Duval is twelve, homeless, orphaned, and, as of a couple hours ago, an unemployed actor. Stranded in Omaha, Nebraska, he’s contemplating his future when the most unusual of opportunities arrives. Clarence agrees to become the lucky “mascot” for two teams of professional baseball players on their upcoming world tour. Al Spalding, co-founder of the Spalding Sporting Goods Company, also owns the Chicago White Stockings baseball team in 1888. That winter, he takes two teams on an international tour to publicize baseball and promote his company’s products abroad, providing Clarence his opportunity for adventure. There’s one other thing about Clarence, however: he’s an African American, and one of the team captains is Cap Anson, the most notorious racist in baseball. While the teams travel to Australia, Clarence must keep his dignity and win the respect of his companions while exploring the underground passages of San Francisco’s Chinatown, cruising the Pacific Ocean, and becoming a spy for one faction of ballplayers. Share Clarence’s life as a societal outcast in the cold, unforgiving society of 1880s America in book one of the Clarence Duval Series, My Australian Adventure.


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Rob Bauer

Historical Novelist, Historian, History Professor

I hold a PhD in history from the University of Arkansas, where I attended school as a Distinguished Doctoral Fellow, as well as several other degrees. In addition to my writing and publishing business, I am the History Department Chair at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana, where I teach United States History, Western Civilization, Montana History, Environmental History, Civil Rights Movement History, and the occasional Honors class. Besides my love for history, I grew up a sports fan, especially baseball. Once I get all my history books published, you’ll find an entire series of books on baseball in the 1880s. There is at least one non-baseball history book in the works, too, but that era of baseball history fascinates me, and so, after years of researching it, I’m ready to share what I’ve learned with the world. In my historical novels, I attempt to bring to light some historical events that are not general knowledge. After all, do we really need another Western novel featuring gunfighters or another courtly romance set in the Middle Ages? Not to put down authors who write those books because there have been many good ones over the years, but I’d like to add something new, something a bit more original. That’s why the main character in my first novel, My Australian Adventure, is a young boy named Clarence Duval who travels the world in 1888 as the mascot for a pair of traveling baseball teams. In the third book (upcoming) in the Clarence Duval Series, he takes part in the removal of Cree Indians from Montana in 1896. Even though the world doesn’t remember it anymore, that was a real event, a repeat in miniature of the Trail of Tears experienced by the Cherokee in the 1830s. When I’m not writing, researching, or teaching, I spend time with my sweetheart of a dog, Ally, and enjoy the outdoors in Western Montana. I also like strategy games, fitness activities, and, of course, reading. I still hope to run that marathon someday.

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