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Calico Joe | [John Grisham]

Calico Joe

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 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....
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Publisher's Summary

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 21-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.

©2012 John Grisham (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Dana 06-10-14
    Dana 06-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Gotta love a good baseball story."

    This book really made me think a lot of my late father, a huge baseball fan. It made me smile and touched on things that are close to my heart. The overall story is a good one, but if you are not a baseball person it could be a bit difficult to get into the beginning. I enjoyed it and it moved along quickly. Gotta love a good baseball story.

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    Kevin Kilgore, Texas, United States 12-30-13
    Kevin Kilgore, Texas, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Loved it"

    In the cold months between the World Series and Spring Training I sat down beside my fire place and read Calico Joe. Alas, I wish it could have lasted until spring, but couldn't put it down until I had read through to the last page....Great story I highly recommend it!

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    Lynne 08-06-13
    Lynne 08-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Made me proud, Made me cry, Made me THINK!"
    What made the experience of listening to Calico Joe the most enjoyable?

    I felt I was THERE, in the story!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator, the writer, because I identified with is character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried! It really made me think about my own childhood and how we played baseball in the field at BBQ's or in the park on weekends, how I wanted to play 3rd base JUST LIKE MY DAD... I had a dream...


    Any additional comments?

    This story really showed me the behind the scenes relationship of pitchers and batters; their "rules".

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    Marty 06-20-13
    Marty 06-20-13
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    "Too many baseball statistics"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really unless they were into details of baseball.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Focus on the characters instead of all the baseball stats


    What does Erik Singer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Maybe the emotional and physical damage a toxic person does to all he comes intact with.


    Do you think Calico Joe needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I know the state of calico joe and the villain died(thank goodness--I wanted him to die)


    Any additional comments?

    I was emotionally affected when Calico joe had such a forgiving attitude--although it was great to hear, I don't think it was realistic.

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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 06-13-13
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "One of the best books I've read so far!!!"

    John Grisham step outside of his box and wrote a classic!! If you like baseball or if you don't this is a must read I know you will like it!!! This book is about a son who hates his father and his father plays Major League Baseball. He's a bad dad and a bad baseball player.. His sons favorite player is Joe Castle not his dad, Joe is a rookie who is on fire and breaking records left and right until he meets Warren Tracy!! This is a night a little boy will never forget!!! And thirty years later they will all meet again!!!! You won't put this book down...

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    Samir Jain Avon, CT, United States 04-29-13
    Samir Jain Avon, CT, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great for the baseball lover, young and old"

    I stopped reading Grisham books after the first few. This is not a typical Grisham book. What a great short book, about baseball in 1972, about father-son relationships, about leaving a legacy, about doing the right thing. I highly recommend this if you're looking for a short simple great book.

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    mrrn 04-25-13
    mrrn 04-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Retired RN High end of middle age or short end of old age! Adore Christian fiction, sci-fi fantasy, and mysteries.

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    "Atypical Grisham novel"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If they are a baseball nut who likes drama.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader was all right.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Would not even watch it on TV. No Go to the theater.


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    Michael Honolulu, HI 04-23-13
    Michael Honolulu, HI 04-23-13 Member Since 2012

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    "But I don't even like Baseball...."
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    I got this book on a whim, as it is one of the only books that the author has written that I had not read. I got it, but had low expectations because I really don't like baseball. This book is about a lot more than baseball. I really don't want to ruin this for anyone with a longer review. If you like the author, give this one a try, it's worth your time.

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    June jackson, tennessee, United States 02-12-13
    June jackson, tennessee, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A very interesting story"
    If you could sum up Calico Joe in three words, what would they be?

    A story that you feel was from real life all the way through it. If I had known what the subject would be, I probably would not have bought it. I am glad I did, because it was a very good story and I did enjoy it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Calico Joe?

    When the family that could have had a lasting hate for the lead character came to his funeral.


    Have you listened to any of Erik Singer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened before


    If you could rename Calico Joe, what would you call it?

    That is the perfect name


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kathleen 02-05-13
    kathleen 02-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Listen..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Calico Joe to be better than the print version?

    Hard to say.. but enjoyed listening to it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author weaved the real events into the fictionalized account made it so very enjoyable...


    What does Erik Singer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A great reader...


    If you could rename Calico Joe, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it... maybe The Pitch?


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