False Spring

False Spring

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by Pat Jordan
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886913226
Publisher:
Ruminator Books
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Series:
Hungry Mind Find Ser.
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.85(d)

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