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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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    Hector 09-03-14
    Hector 09-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    ""New old time classic""
    What did you love best about Calico Joe?

    I think every one loves an underdog story and that is what we have here with Calico Joe.
    His rise from the minor league to "the majors" i thought was awesome because of the circumstances that got him there.


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

    When Joe homers his first three times at bat as a rookie has to be for me the most memorable because of how incredibly rare that happens.


    What three words best describe Erik Singer’s voice?

    smooth, befitting, savy


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

    The real colossus of clout


    Any additional comments?

    A great book for all baseball lovers and those who enjoy an underdog story.

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    Jim New Jersey 09-03-14
    Jim New Jersey 09-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Cry me a river"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Baseball fans rejoice. This book is full of descriptive recaps of famous baseball games and domestic violence between a father and son. The story surrounds a young man growing up in a tough household where daddy didn't love him enough and he was pushed too hard to succeed. I'm in no way standing up for the actions of the father, nor am I saying that the author didn't have a hard life. What I am saying is the name of the book is "Calico Joe" and the only information the author knows about Calico Joe is from newspaper articles and what he's seen on tv. It would be the same as me writing a book about the president and leading readers to believe it is anything more than which your average American knows about him or her (depending on how future political events go this might be possible).

    The only time the author gives any important first hand information, he is too far away to actually hear what's going on and it is assumed he makes up the dialog between them because he goes in depth on what is spoke during this conversation yet he several times he does not know what is said. With other important events the author makes a point to talk more about his personal reactions, inner turmoil or assumptions into what the other people are thinking that what is actually going on at the time.

    So for someone who supposedly spends his whole life trying to avoid letting people know he is the son of a famous baseball player, the only reason anyone would read this book is because of it.


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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
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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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    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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