Calico Joe

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Random House Large Print, 2012 - Fiction - 210 pages
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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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Perfect ending to the baseball season. - Goodreads
Good portrayal of an ugly athelete and father figure. - Goodreads
It was a very good story with a decent ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Brenda - Goodreads

I listened to this audio book while traveling. This book has been on my written, To-Be-Read list for over a year. I found the story engaged my emotions and I wanted to continue to listen to it so I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Janet - Goodreads

An excellent story. I am really not a fan of baseball, but I am really glad I pick this book up. A good read for fans of baseball. And for those who just want a good book to read. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

JOHN GRISHAM is the author of twenty-four novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and two novels for young readers. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

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