A False Spring

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Dodd, Mead, Jan 1, 1975 - Baseball - 277 pages
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In A False Spring, Pat Jordan traces the falling star of his once-promising pitching career, illuminating along the way his equally difficult personal struggles and quest for maturity. When the reader meets Jordan, he is a hard-throwing pitcher with seemingly limitless potential, one of the first “bonus babies” for the Milwaukee Braves organization. Jordan’s sojourn through the lower levels of minor-league ball takes him through the small towns of America: McCook, Waycross, Davenport, Eau Claire, and Palatka. As the promised land of the majors recedes because of his inconsistency and lack of control, the young man who had previously known only glory and success is forced to face himself.

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User Review  - Big_Bang_Gorilla - LibraryThing

Being the memoirs of a pitching prospect whose career abruptly sputtered out. This is, as has occasionally been noted, one of the finest memoirs ever writen. The author's prose at times made me ... Read full review

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User Review  - joeldinda - LibraryThing

Perhaps the best book ever written about minor league baseball, A False Spring explores the reasons one youngster failed to fulfill his potential. This is a powerful and frustrating memoir of Pat ... Read full review

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Pat Jordan is a regular contributor to the "New York Times Magazine", and has published innumerable articles on sports and other subjects in "The Atlantic, GQ, Esquire, Los Angeles Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Playboy, Sports Illustrated", and elsewhere. He is author of a number of nonfiction books, including "A False Spring", named by "Sports Illustrated" as one of the 100 Best Sports Books of All Time. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Alex Belth is the author of "Stepping Up: The Story of Curt Flood and His Fight for Baseball Players' Rights" (Persea, 2006) and a columnist for "SportsIllustrated.com". He lives in the Bronx, New York.

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