Calico Joe by John Grisham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Grisham writes good short fiction. I enjoyed "Bleachers" a while back and this one was just as good.
This time the sport is baseball. The protagonist is Paul Tracey, son of hard-drinking and self-absorbed Warren Tracey a pitcher for the Mets. Joe, of the title, is a home-run hitting rookie phenomenon from Calico Rock, Arkansas playing with the Cubs. The story revolves around the game during which the two players meet. Reading it is like peeling an onion. Every layer reveals more about each character, the impending conflict and its satisfying resolution. Saying more would spoil the story for future readers.
A good read.
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