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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 ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 24th 1998 by Southern Illinois University Press
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Famous as the author of Eight Men Out (the basis of the 1988 movie about the "Black Sox" scandal of 1919), Eliot Asinof first established himself as a sports fiction writer with his book, "Man on Spikes," in 1955. Based on a friend and fellow high school ballplayer, the novel tells the hard-luck story of career minor leaguer Mike Kutney, the son of a German immigrant miner who is offered the chance to play baseball professionally. One big problem: the scout who signs him was originally told to ...more
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