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Selected as one of baseball literature's Golden Dozen by Roger Kahn, Man on Spikes is an uncompromisingly realistic novel about a baseball player who struggles through sixteen years of personal crises and professional ordeals before finally appearing in a major league game. In a preface to this new edition, Eliot Asinof reveals the longsuffering ballplayer and friend upon which the novel is based.

 

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Overview

Selected as one of baseball literature's Golden Dozen by Roger Kahn, Man on Spikes is an uncompromisingly realistic novel about a baseball player who struggles through sixteen years of personal crises and professional ordeals before finally appearing in a major league game. In a preface to this new edition, Eliot Asinof reveals the longsuffering ballplayer and friend upon which the novel is based.

 

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Editorial Reviews

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"Like the glove work of Cal Ripken, Jr., which looks easy till you try it and fall on your can, the writing of Eliot Asinof looks so easy that you don't realize he has conveyed an entire milieu in the life story of a very ordinary man with one special talent and an all-consuming love for his sport. Then you discover that you're having trouble reading the page because of the mist in your eyes and the tension in your chest." —Harlan Ellison, San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

"Out of print for nearly 30 years, this classic baseball novel by the author of Eight Men Out realistically portrays the trials of a career bush leaguer who struggles for nearly two decades before finally making it to the major leagues. Many critics regard this book to be among the finest examples of sports fiction ever written."  
USA Today Baseball Weekly

"[A] serious baseball novel, lucidly and dramatically written."—Douglas Wallop, New York Herald Tribune
 
"The truest novel I've ever read is Man on Spikes."—Jimmy Cannon,
New York Post

"I hope that all baseball fans who like to read books will read Man on Spikes."  —James T. Farrell, New York Post

"[A] plain and honest book, the first realistic novel I can remember having read." —John Lardner, New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809322008
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Series: Writing Baseball Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Eliot Asinof is renowned among baseball writers for Eight Men Out, his brilliant reconstruction of the infamous Black Sox scandal in the 1919 World Series. The author of five novels and eight works of nonfiction, he served an apprenticeship in the minor leagues as a prelude to his many works about baseball.

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