Sunday, September 23, 2012

Calico Joe

This is an okay book written by John Grisham. In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzled Cubs fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever.

Grisham once dreamed of a career as a professional baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals. The novel is inspired by the real life story of Ray Chapman, the only professional baseball player killed by a pitch.


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