Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball

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One of America's finest poets joins forces with one of baseball's most outrageous pitchers to paint a revealing portrait of our national game.

For twelve seasons, Dock Ellis was one of the most talented pitchers in baseball. He also earned a reputation as a wild man, a bad dude, a player with An Attitude. He talked trash, he hit batters deliberately (three in a row to start one memorable game), he went out for batting practice in full uniform and hair curlers, and he pitched a ...

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Overview

One of America's finest poets joins forces with one of baseball's most outrageous pitchers to paint a revealing portrait of our national game.

For twelve seasons, Dock Ellis was one of the most talented pitchers in baseball. He also earned a reputation as a wild man, a bad dude, a player with An Attitude. He talked trash, he hit batters deliberately (three in a row to start one memorable game), he went out for batting practice in full uniform and hair curlers, and he pitched a no-hitter under the influence of LSD. He was also smart, funny, proud, hip, and unwilling to tolerate what he saw as injustice -- all qualities that made him stand out in the hidebound world of "the country of baseball."

With new material written especially for this edition, Dock's odyssey through the country of baseball comes full circle. Where before we saw Ellis at the peak of his powers, we now see him face the inevitable decline of his skills. We watch Dock make the adjustment to the outside world that all athletes must confront, with the additional complication that so many face -- recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. And we see Dock return to the city of his birth, to operate a drug rehab clinic of his own.

Donald Hall's forceful yet elegant prose brings together all the elements of Dock's story into a seamless whole. The two of them, the pitcher and the poet, give us a remarkable insight into the customs and culture of this closed, clannish world. Dock's keen vision, filtered through Hall's extraordinary voice, shows us the hardships and problems of the thinking athlete in an unthinking world.

One of America's most distinguished poets joins forces with one of baseball's most outrageous pitchers to paint a revealing portrait of our national game.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Outspoken and fiercely independent, black athlete Ellis refused to ingratiate himself with baseball's powers-that-be, a decision that hindered his career. While with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he achieved a certain notoriety for appearing on the field with his hair in curlers or wearing a gold earring. PW called this biography ``nothing special.'' (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671659882
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 4/15/1989
  • Series: Fireside Sports Classics Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,001,990
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Country of Baseball 9
2 Black Graffiti 57
3 The Season, and Mr. Brewer 89
4 The Gas Man Keeping It Low 123
5 Coming Up and Staying Up 149
6 Two Games in July, and One in August 221
7 1975 261
8 The Adjustment 315
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  • Posted May 21, 2011

    What a character

    Great book about one of baseball's true characters,Doc Ellis.The author does a good job of displaying there is a method to Eliss' madness.Great account of Ellis's no hitter purportedly thrown while the pitcher used LSD.

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