William Blakely is weird and not all that smart. King is among a group of novelists who have dipped into writing about baseball. Kinsella and George Plimpton. King has written about baseball before.
King is not steeped in baseball fiction. Tunis and Jackson Scholz. Coover did not wait until he was in his 60s to write a baseball novel, as King did, or write about baseball realistically.
Henry Waugh, Prop. View all New York Times newsletters. Jim would have loved Stephen King's novella, Blockade Billy. He would have been so satisfied with a story that combined so much of what he loved, Stephen King, baseball, the story of a catcher, and a twisted ending only King could conceive. King" the story of a forgotten ballplayer, William "Blockade Billy" Blakely, and the season.
“Blockade Billy” by Stephen King
The team had one terrible day in spring training when they lost both catchers. The catcher that showed up was a young man from Iowa, Billy Blakely. He was a little odd, talked to himself, and echoed back what others said. But, the team's star pitcher took a liking to him. And, even more important, the kid was so dangerous behind the plate that runners from third couldn't get past him.
After he ruined one runner for life, and proved he could hit, the fans caught on. Soon, he had a nickname, and the fans showed up with their signs, "Road closed by order of Blockade Billy. And, the book has actual ballplayers on the teams playing the Titans.
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Combined with the story told to "Mr. King," the book has a ring of authenticity.
And, once you've seen the reproduction baseball card with "Blockade Billy's" photo, you'll swear the story is true. But, this is a Stephen King story. He's already won an O. Henry Award.
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And, he'll blindside you with an ending you don't expect. Oh, there's foreshadowing, and you know the story of Blockade Billy isn't going to have a happy ending.
But, I doubt that you'll see it coming. EU Data Subject Requests. More from Books. Load Comments. Larry Drake.
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