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Posted December 16, 2011
Posted May 5, 2011
You can breathe the dust and smell the grass...
I played semi-pro ball for one glorious, dusty, Neatsfoot-soaked season, but I don't think about it much anymore except on summer nights when the breeze catches a whiff of somebody's newly mowed grass. Then I picked up THE DOG SOX and in a hilarious way, it all started coming back again. Of course, my experience was nowhere near as dysfunctional, surreal or hilarious as Russell Hill's wonderful novel about a broken-down bush-league team full of misfits and oddballs who are more Freak Show than Big Show. But that's the charm of THE DOG SOX, an utterly winsome little book about dreaming out loud. You'll find a little W.P. Kinsella, a little Philip Roth and a little Ring Lardner here, all in a good way. Hill has an excellent feel for the game, a praiseworthy ear for funny dialogue, and a spot-on sense of irony.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 21, 2011
California building contractor Ray Adams bought a baseball team, which he named the Knights Landing Dog Sox. He gave the team as a gift to his girlfriend attorney Ava Bell. Most of the players play for free while a few are compensated. The star is hurler Billy Collins who has an arm that most pitchers would kill to possesses.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
He is winning games at an incredible rate when abruptly his fortune changes when his abusive drunken father locates Billy. As long as Bucky is kept away from Billy, the star can be a successful closer working the last three innings. Dutch the team manager believes Billy is his ticket to the big leagues as long as dearest dad can be dealt with. He has people he knows that can neutralize Bucky, but nothing seems to prevent the abuser from coming around. When Billy vanishes, Ava searches for him to try to persuade him to let go of his patriarchal hurts.
On the surface The Dog Sox is about a baseball team consisting of diverse people from all types of life. However, Billy the innocent is the prime focus on the entreating sports drama as he has the talent to bet one of the best, but only if he can mentally rid himself of the demons brought forth by his father. Dutch speaks in Yiddish idioms as he makes a team out of individuals. With a nod to the movie Pat and Mike starring Tracy-Hepburn, Russell Hill provides a strong look at what could be That Championship Season.