Whatever happened to Calico Joe?
It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injure...more
Most know that Grisham the author of a number of good and best-selling legal thrillers hates the law. Or more precisely hates the act of lawyering. Fewer probably know that Grisham loves baseball. He coaches his son’s teams and gives mightily to building fields of dreams in both Virginia and, his native, Mississippi.
With “Calico Joe,” Grisham tells a wonderfu...more
Hitting on the head-----terrible...more
Most of the book has me thinking about the terrible tragedy (view spoiler)[of a young baseball star Joe who was injured with permanent brain damage. This was done on purpose by a malicious pitcher who wanted to hurt Joe. The publisher’s summary mentions forgiveness and redemption, so I confirm that this happens. (hide spoiler)] But it didn't feel good to me. It felt too-little-too-late. There...more
Grisham has written this novel around factual events in baseball history – the beaning of promising rookie, Tony Conigliaro, and the Cubs collapses in both ’69 & ’73 to the Mets. Having been a Mets fan all...more
Baseball is not my fav sport. But there's a line in this book almost near the end, whe...more
It is a novel that echoes all those memories of first games seen, classic moments in green-grass stadiums where bat...more
John Grisham lives up to his title of “America’s favorite storyteller” with his amazing novel Calico Joe. This magnificent story about baseball, including the opposing ways to play, and how to face your enemies greatly appeals to the average teenager. Grisham presents a fantastic knowledge of the game of baseball on the field and off as he depicts the internal struggle between the main character, Paul Tracey, and his feeli...more
The mixing of fictional and historical characters and events takes some getting used to (if you’re familiar with baseball history), but all that was required for this baseball fan to get into the story was just a little bit of “cognitive estrangement”. I forgot what I knew and let Grisham’s portrayal of the summer of 1973 become my temporary reality.
Non baseball fan...more
I will say there are a few thing I didn't like. The stats for starters. If this were an action book someone would have fallen from a plane and landed on his feet without a scratch. Just a little too unbelievable.
The small town portion of t...more
I've always liked his non-law books. Playing for Pizza is still one of my favorites and A Painted House too was fantastic.
This story, Calico Joe is short and simple. You can probably finish it off in a day or two. Before going into the story, Grisham writes a small chapter explaining Baseball to us. If you don't know Baseball a...more
Calico Joe is not a baseball book in any traditional sense, although the familiarity of baseball provides the setting in which much...more
A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball…
Whatever happened to Calico Joe?
It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and call
There is also a lack of drama in the tale of redemption. For thirty years Joe Castle, his family, and indeed the whole town have stayed clear of the tragedy that happened to Joe. Yet in the space of two weeks, reconciliation occurs. It was just not credible to m...more
It proved to be a good decision, because, let's put it this way (to avoid spoilers), despite the cha...more
When Paul was an 11 year old Little Leaguer in 1973, he idolized Calico Joe Castle, a sensational rookie first baseman for the Chicago Cubs, and feared his father Warren Tracey, a hard drinking, insecure journeyman pitcher for the New York Mets. When the two meet, Warren beans Calico Jo...more
2. I can currently relate the book to my life in that I can relate to him as a kid feeling tremendous pressure when he was playing in front of his father because I also feel the pressure to impress him and meet his approval. I also relate it to my life by seeing how incredibly blessed I am to have a wonderful family and it oped my eyes to see how...more
Though I am not a huge baseball fan, I loved this story. Calico Joe was a famous young player with loads of promise until he was hit in the head intentionally by a pitcher. Joe never played baseball again.
Though the title is Calico Joe and the story with about him, it is more a story of father and son relationships. Paul Tracy has lived his life being ashamed of his last name. His father, Warren Tracy, was the pitcher wh...more
Anyone that became a teenager in the early 1970's will immediately take to John Grisham's "Calico Joe." Especially one that grew up in New York and liked baseball. I know, I was one of them. Grisham's book revolves around a washed up, aging picture for the New York Mets named Paul Tracy and h...more
It is well written, with clear characterizations. The story is really quite simple, involving baseball, beaning, guilt, and redemption. There are few surprises, and the ending is telegraphed half way through the book. I have no complaints, but there are so many better and more interesting stories that it seems hardly recommendable.
But... there is a target audience for whom I would recommend this book: 11 year old boys. That...more
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Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of...more