On Sale: April 10, 2012
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Fiction Family Life
A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons,
forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League
Whatever happened to
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
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
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
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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