Man on Spikes

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SIU Press, 1998 - Fiction - 276 pages
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Selected as one of baseball literature's Golden Dozen by Roger Kahn, Man on Spikes is an uncompromisingly realistic novel about a baseball player who struggles through sixteen years of personal crises and professional ordeals before finally appearing in a major league game. In a preface to this new edition, Eliot Asinof reveals the longsuffering ballplayer and friend upon which the novel is based.

 

 

 

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Contents

The Scout
1
The Father
12
The Manager
38
The Old Ballplayer
55
The Clown
87
The Sergeant
121
The Reporter
131
The Negro
154
The Sister
175
The Commissioner
188
The Wife
208
The Junior Executive
238
The Mother
245
The Rookie
252
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About the author (1998)

Eliot Asinof is renowned among baseball writers for Eight Men Out, his brilliant reconstruction of the infamous Black Sox scandal in the 1919 World Series. The author of five novels and eight works of nonfiction, he served an apprenticeship in the minor leagues as a prelude to his many works about baseball.

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