A False Springby Pat Jordan
In A False Spring, Pat Jordan traces the falling star of his once-promising pitching career, illuminating along the way his equally difficult personal struggles and quest for maturity. When the reader meets Jordan, he is a hard-throwing pitcher with seemingly limitless potential, one of the first “bonus babies” for the Milwaukee Braves/i>… See more details below
In A False Spring, Pat Jordan traces the falling star of his once-promising pitching career, illuminating along the way his equally difficult personal struggles and quest for maturity. When the reader meets Jordan, he is a hard-throwing pitcher with seemingly limitless potential, one of the first “bonus babies” for the Milwaukee Braves organization. Jordan’s sojourn through the lower levels of minor-league ball takes him through the small towns of America: McCook, Waycross, Davenport, Eau Claire, and Palatka. As the promised land of the majors recedes because of his inconsistency and lack of control, the young man who had previously known only glory and success is forced to face himself.
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This is easily one of best books about baseball ever written. It's also a first rate work of literature that easily bares comparison to a book about another troubled young man by a fellow you may have heard of by the name of J.D. Salinger, though it owes absolutely nothing to that book stylistically. Phenomenally evocative, with the kind of dead-on-grab-you-from-the-get-go-and-never-let-you-go-until-the-very-last-page writing only the best of the best manage (if they're lucky!). Whatever Mr. Jorden may think, the experiences he recalls so compellingly here are clearly the ones that enabled him to find his true gifts and tell a story no doubt known to countless rookie ball players but which no one else (so far at least) has even come close to telling so perfectly.
What makes this book so good is the fact that it examines issues that are larger than baseball itself. It deals with anger, frustration, loss and ultimately redemption. Because of the unravelling of his pitching skills, Jordan is forced to confront his shattered dreams and decide how to move beyond them and find what he can do with the rest of his life. His big league aspirations in tatters, he takes a positive route, using part of his signing bonus to attend college where he earned a degree in English. Jordan's odyssey gives the reader a rare and honest view of what it's like to kick around baseball's minor leagues.