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In 1979, a high-school ball club stacked with promising talent faltered on the field at Dodger Stadium. After his team’s heartbreaking loss to Granada Hills—thanks mostly to the splendid pitching of future quarterback John Elway—a teenage Darryl Strawberry cried. But it wasn’t long before the volatile future Met and Yankee would begin a major-league career that would find him weeping with joy on the steps of New York City Hall following a victory parade—and later shedding animated tears on The Simpsons. It’s not that he’s had an easy time of it (colon cancer, drug problems), but compared with the rest of his Crenshaw High baseball team—several of whom cracked the majors only to falter—the Strawman’s career has been a cakewalk. Author Michael Sokolove discusses The Ticket Out, his chronicle of what scout George Genovese called “the greatest high school team ever,” at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Mike Kanin)