A False Spring

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Sports Illustrated called A False Spring one of the fifteen books that should be in your sports library.

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Editorial Reviews

Time
“One of the best and truest books about baseball, and about coming to maturity in America.”—Time
Boston Globe
A False Spring, by turns rueful, amused, nostalgic and disgusted, is just fascinating, probably the best book imaginable about baseball’s underpinnings.”—Boston Globe
Kansas City Star
“One of the most fabulous failure stories of our time.”—Kansas City Star
Philadelphia Inquirer
“A major triumph.”—Philadelphia Inquirer
Los Angeles Times
“An unforgettable book.”—Los Angeles Times
Library Journal
"A painful memoir and self-analysis of a young, aspiring baseball player who failed to make the majors" (LJ 5/1/75), this book recounts Jordan's three years playing bush-league ball while trying to develop his skills in hopes of becoming a star. This "well written portrayal of baseball life and business" is for all sports and biography collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803276260
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 277
  • Sales rank: 655,598
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Jordan is the author of numerous books, including the memoir A Nice Tuesday, also available in a Bison Books edition. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, among other periodicals, and his work has been included in Best American Sports Writing, Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Essays, and the Norton Anthology of World Literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2002

    All Time Classic Read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2001

    A sports classic

    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.

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