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This is a story about coming of age in America by way of the baseball diamond. Lefthander Henry Wiggen, six feet three, a hundred ninety-five pounds, and the greatest pitcher going, grows to manhood in a righthanded world. From his small-town beginnings to the top of the game, Henry finds out how hard it is to please his coach, his girl, and the sports page—and himself, too—all at once. Written in Henry's own words, this exuberant, funny novel follows his eccentric course from ...
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Overview

This is a story about coming of age in America by way of the baseball diamond. Lefthander Henry Wiggen, six feet three, a hundred ninety-five pounds, and the greatest pitcher going, grows to manhood in a righthanded world. From his small-town beginnings to the top of the game, Henry finds out how hard it is to please his coach, his girl, and the sports page—and himself, too—all at once. Written in Henry's own words, this exuberant, funny novel follows his eccentric course from bush league to the World Series.

Also available in Bison Book editions are Bang the Drum Slowly, It Looked Like For Ever, and A Ticket for a Seamstitch, the other three volumes in the Henry Wiggen series.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - George Vecsey
"As the temperature warmed up in recent days, there was no better way to prepare for the season than to reread Mark Harris’s The Southpaw, one of the finest sports books I know. . . . Harris loves the game itself, and he never loses sight of its value to America." —George Vecsey, The New York Times
The New York Times

"As the temperature warmed up in recent days, there was no better way to prepare for the season than to reread Mark Harris’s The Southpaw, one of the finest sports books I know. . . . Harris loves the game itself, and he never loses sight of its value to America." —George Vecsey, The New York Times

— George Vecsey

San Francisco Chronicle
"Cheers to Mark Harris, who gives us by far the best 'serious’ baseball novel published."—San Francisco Chronicle
New York Times
"Even those whose knowledge of baseball is elemental will find the book worth reading. For let there be no doubt about it, this is a distinguished and unusual book."—New York Times
New York Herald Tribune
"It's greatly to Mr. Harris's credit that he makes his story credible, lends it a good deal of suspense and. . . gets the reader to thinking that Henry Wiggen deserves a fine future in baseball and out."—New York Herald Tribune
Saturday Review
"Mr. Harris's novelistic achievement is a considerable one. He has taken a long, serious, and penetrating look at American mores and morals. And he has done this while telling a highly dramatic, colorful, and absorbingly exciting action story."—Saturday Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803272200
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1984
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Harris (1922-2007).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2002

    BEST BASEBALL BOOK AROUND

    The Southpaw is an entriguing tale of a young baseball player who faces both internal and external conflict. This is by far the best baseball book I have ever read and I recommend it to all teenagers or anyone with a passion for baseball.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 1999

    The greatest baseball novel of all time

    Hi my name is james melillo and i am a 16 year ols student who attends Staten Island Academy. I read this book for a research paper that i had to do for school. i normally do not like to read but i found this book excellent and i was always reading it. I recommend this book to anybody who is an avide sports fan. It was great

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