In writing Calico Joe, John Grisham has taken a break from his normal legal thriller novels to write a brief, yet memorable tale about baseball. Grisham fan, or not, if you don't like baseball, skip this book. However, if you are a fan of the sport, settle back in your most cozy chair and plan on spending the next few hours taking a journey into the land of major league baseball.
Joe Castle, a.k.a., Calico Joe is a man's man who shot to fame almost overnight. Starting in 1973 when he joined the Cubs, Calico Joe was heralded as the greatest rookie to ever pick up a bat. Almost overnight he became a national sports idol. One of his fans was Paul Tracey, whose father, Warren Tracey, was a pitcher for the Mets. One day, Calico Joe and Warren Tracey met on the field of battle, with eleven-year-old Paul watching from the stands. In an instance, the lives of all three men were to be forever changed. This is the story of what happened that fateful day...
Read by Erik Singer, Calico Joe is a fast paced and all too brief story that seamlessly interweaves forgiveness, redemption, and of course, baseball. It is a story about fathers and sons, great sports heroes, and how certain events can resonate for decades. I don't want to say anything much about the plot as part of the enjoyment in this story is seeing how the story unfolds, let me just say that it is an enjoyable story that will delight baseball fans of every age.
Filled with great characters, a memorable story, and a wealth of information and insights into the world of major league baseball, Grisham has hit a home run with Calico Joe!
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