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Calico Joe
by John Grisham and Erik Singer


Overview - A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball

Whatever happened to Calico Joe?
" It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home.  Read more...


 
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Overview
A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball

Whatever happened to Calico Joe?
" It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a twenty-one-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz."
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 Cub 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
In John Grisham s new novel the baseball is thrilling, but it s what happens off the field that makes CALICO JOE a classic."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780449011003
  • ISBN-10: 0449011003
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publish Date: April 2012


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-06-25
  • Reviewer: Staff

In his latest, Grisham takes another break from blockbuster legal suspense to explore the world of athletics. Decades after the fact, Paul Tracey looks back on the fateful events of the summer of 1973 involving his drunken and abusive father, Warren—a pitcher for the New York Mets—and a red-hot Chicago Cubs rookie nicknamed Calico Joe. Narrator Eric Singer portrays both Joe and Warren—the former innocent and earnest, the latter a bully—with energy and passion. The narrator lends Arkansan Joe an accent and cadence that are equal parts aw-sucks nonchalance and deer-in-the headlights wonder. In his portrayal of Warren, Singer effectively channels the character’s vitriol both on and off the field; the scenes involving Warren’s abusive coaching sessions with young Paul pack a particularly powerful emotional punch. Singer’s rendering of the labored speech of an aging Joe in the later portion of the book may seem heavy-handed in some respects, but remains compelling nonetheless. A Doubleday hardcover. (Apr.)

 
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