Deford ( Everybody's All-American ) uses Ernest Thayer's classic poem ``Casey at the Bat'' to create a whimsical tale blending fact, fiction and fantasy. Timothy Casey is a brilliant young ``ballist'' (as they were called back in 1888) whose extraordinary hitting has galvanized the town of Mudville. Living near Boston, Casey falls in love with beautiful Florence Cleary, a recent Irish immigrant working as a maid. ``Mighty Casey'' also meets Chester Drinkwater, an unscrupulous businessman who lies to the young ballplayer and for a price convinces him to leave the Mudville Nine. After splitting with Flossie over Drinkwater, Casey encounters Richard Fox, the editor of the National Police Gazette , who's in Boston to convince the great John L. Sullivan to defend his boxing crown. Casey's altercation with the drunk and overweight champion is the next event in this cleverly extended what-if, tracing fictitious events that lead up to the actual at-bat immortalized by the Thayer poem. Deford writes lovingly of a time long past and his set-up of the famous at-bat is nicely conceived. A shorter version this book appeared originally in Sports Illustrated , and the novel does read like a magazine piece stretched (beyond its modest limits) between the covers of a book. Photos not seen by PW. 25,000 first printing; $25,000 ad/ promo. (May)
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Meet the Author
Frank Deford is a six-time National Sportswriter of the Year, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, commentator on NPR's Morning Edition, correspondent for HBO's RealSports with Bryant Gumbel and the author of 14 books. He has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters and has been awarded both an Emmy and a Peabody. Deford resides in Connecticut with his wife, Carol.