Calico Joe is John Grisham 's first baseball novel. It was released on April 10, The book's style mixes fact and fiction - introducing fictional players into well-known actual teams such as the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs and lets them interact with actual people such as Yogi Berra , and letting dramatic fictional Baseball matches take place in actual stadiums. Author Grisham once dreamed of a career as a professional baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals. Grisham's novel involves a nearly fatal pitch thrown in August 24,  and its implications 30 years later on both the batter, "Calico Joe" Castle, and the pitcher as narrated by Paul Tracey, the year-old son of New York Mets pitcher Warren Tracey.
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Look Inside. Apr 10, Minutes Buy. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly becomes the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faces Calico Joe, Paul is in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad.
Then Warren throws a fastball that will change their lives forever. Suffice to say [Grisham] knows his way around the ballpark as well as he does a courtroom. 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 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. John Grisham is the author of thirty novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and six novels for young readers. Read An Excerpt. Add to Cart. Also available from:. Available from:. Paperback 3 —. Audiobook Download. Also by John Grisham. About John Grisham John Grisham is the author of thirty novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and six novels for young readers.
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While John Grisham is best known for his legal thrillers, for the past 10 years he has branched out and written in several additional genres. In his latest book, Calico Joe , Grisham takes his first crack at a novel about baseball. Calico Joe switches back and forth between two different narratives that take place 30 years apart. One of the narratives follows the story of baseball phenom Joe Castle nicknamed Calico Joe who takes the major leagues by storm in
Please enter the email address that you use to login to TeenInk. It grabs your attention with almost a two stories in one type of novel. The novels main characters name is Paul Tracey. Paul has loved baseball his whole life and has grown up with a dad who is a major lead pitcher, but is rarely there for him and is mother. Due to an injuring one the professional baseball team the Chicago Cubs, Joe was taken up from his minor league position to just be a very short replacement for the team. Nervous in his first game he steps up to bat. Joe Castle never played baseball again.
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