A baseball prodigy since the age of 10, Pat Jordan had been interviewed on television and written about in newspapers at an early age. Signed as a pitcher by the Milwaukee Braves upon his graduation from high school, he believed his success would continue for years to come. But after three diminishing seasons in the minor leagues, he was cut from the roster and began painfully constructing a new life. In the wreckage of his baseball career, Jordan found new success as a writer. In 1975, he published his classic memoir, A False Spring, which Sports Illustrated hailed as "one of the fifteen sports books everyone says you must have". But his past and early promise still tugged at him. So, at age 56, Jordan decided to pitch again.
A Nice Tuesday chronicles Jordan's decision to return to the mound, his struggle to get back into shape, and his ultimately successful quest to pitch for the Waterbury (Connecticut) Spirit - despite the aches and pains of middle age, his fear of not being taken seriously, and his own quixotic sense of enterprise.
Capturing the magic and wonder of sport as well as the painful process of self-discovery, A Nice Tuesday is a stirring and poignant study of a man reaching into his past and trying to rewrite the biggest failure of his life. In coming to terms with the lost dreams of his youth, Jordan finally arrives at peace with his past and with himself, and in doing so, he has created a book destined to become a classic.