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Blockade Billy

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  13,420 Ratings  ·  1,286 Reviews
Even the most die-hard baseball fans don't know the true story of William “Blockade Billy” Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first--and only--player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game's history.

Hardcover, 112 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Cemetery Dance Publications (first published 2010)
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Aug 18, 2016 Brina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blockade Billy by Stephen King is King's novella which first appeared in Bazaar of Bad Dreams. It is King's story of Blockade Billy Blakely who played a month for the fictional Newark Titans in 1957. While I am a baseball fanatic, I am not usually a fan of King's psychological thrillers due to my runaway imagination. Yet, even I could not resist this novella numbering less than one hundred pages in length.

The story is told in reminiscing by third base coach George "Granny" Grantham to King in a
Blockade Billy - 5 Stars

Huge baseball fan + Huge Stephen King fan = A killer of a baseball catcher and a horror of a story. Loved it!

Morality - 3 Stars

What would you do for $200,000 tax free? Check out what happens when Nora and Chad decide to fulfill an old man's evil last wish that turns their world upside down. Ok Bonus Story with an ending that left me unfulfilled.

(my 5 Star rating for the main event....Blockade Billy!)

Apr 27, 2016 TK421 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
I have many pleasures in life, but two that really make me smile are Stephen King and baseball. Now I’m not going to write this review in hopes of changing your mind about Stephen King—he is what he is. You may like him. You may not. For my own two cents, I think he is a wonderful storyteller. Sure, one could peruse his body of work and find numerous examples where he stunk up the place; but, and I am saying this not only as a King fan but also as a fan of literature, one could also find numerou ...more
Wayne Barrett
Jan 30, 2016 Wayne Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I can understand the reason for the mixed reviews of this King novella. There is definitely a huge amount of baseball jargon associated with this story, so I can understand that if you are not a baseball fan, this may not be entertaining to you.

There is not the usual horror element we usually find in King's work, at least not in the supernatural sense. But we do have our blood, don't we?

I actually thought the story was superb. It was a quick, fun read, told from the perspective of a retired coa
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I'm a softball fan more than a baseball fan, I wanted to get that out there first. I liked this book. I really liked the Granny character. Such a hoot!! A different kind of King book for sure.
Stefan Yates
Apr 19, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Blockade Billy is a very solid and entertaining novella that fans of baseball and non-fans alike should enjoy. There is simply not much good baseball fiction available and this offering from King manages to fill a void that I simply didn't realize was there until I read it. Overall, the story gave me feelings of some of my favorite baseball movies such as Bull Durham and The Natural.

For those who aren't baseball fans though, this book still contains enough of King's wonderful characters and dial
Aug 13, 2016 Christy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: every single person who is capable of recognizing damn good storytelling

I have finally found a kind of baseball I can get into!

I seriously did NOT think I was going to like this story on baseball--let alone give it a justly deserved 5*. I mean baseball bores the heck out of me.

I basically picked it up because the cover on this adorable tiny little hardcover is so perfectly retro and nostalgic. It's beyond cute enough to leave out on my beloved made-to-order coffee table; a place screaming for a book just like this, next to a plate of chocola
Jul 29, 2016 Thomas rated it it was ok
So, if you read the back of this book, you get a pretty good sense of what you’re getting into. This is a collection of two long short stories, one the story of Blockade Billy, a catcher for a baseball team that has been OMG ERASED FROM HISTORY because he did an OMG HORRIBLE THING, which was so bad that even he was OMG ERASED FROM HISTORY. Not literally, so much as the history books just didn’t mention him, but dang if you don’t get this sense of dread reading the story, waiting to see what this ...more
Sadie Hartmann
Sep 17, 2016 Sadie Hartmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king
I'm glad I listened to this book instead of reading it for myself because I think the narrator's voice did an excellent job bringing me into this book. I was totally engaged, as if I was sitting at a bar listening to some old timer tell a story from his glory days. The story itself isn't my favorite subject, in fact, I have managed to avoid most books about sports up to this point! But being that this is King and I want to "read them all", I gave this one my ears. I'm glad I did!
I like baseball. Watching it. I don't follow or understand stats or anything, and I'm not "down with the lingo". I understand the basic concept of the game and am pretty good with the rules, but that's about the extent of it: I enjoy watching baseball games.

I know now that I do not like reading about baseball. I am familiar with the game, but even I had a hard time following all of the lingo and action. To Stephen King's credit, the parts I did understand were vivid and easy to see, as usual, b
Mar 16, 2016 Reddish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, king
En este pequeño tomo nos encontramos con dos historias. La primera no me ha aportado nada de nada. Si no eres fan de los deportes, te llega incluso a aburrir. Pero la segunda historia ha sido mucho más interesante, más estilo S. King, y me ha encantado! Yo recomiendo totalmente "Moralidad" antes que "Blockade Billy", pero para gustos, colores.

“El hombre sonrió. Fue una sonrisa benévola. También desagradable: labios de oveja, dientes de lobo.”
Ruth Turner
Jun 07, 2015 Ruth Turner rated it liked it
Shelves: stephen-king

(Collected in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams)

The finer points of American Baseball may have eluded me, but this is a damn good story nonetheless.
Two great little stories, fun quick read, highly enjoyable.
Jul 04, 2010 Kathy rated it really liked it
Blockade Billy:
Ok, now I hate being hard on Stephen King books, but this book confused me a bit. I am not a baseball person at all (any kind of sport really) and throughout alot of the story he is describing games. So much of that was over my head. I did love the conversational tone, as if Granny was telling the story to Uncle Stevie, and that did help a bit. Well, that's my only complaint there. Thought I was gonna trash it didn't ya? lol. I was pretty surprised by the twist and very much enjoy
Franco  Santos
No le tenía muy buenas expectativas a este libro, pero me terminó sorprendiendo.

Blockade Billy es un relato que lo podría haber disfrutado mucho más si me gustara el Baseball, sin embargo, me resultó entretenido y me cautivó con ese final. Me encantó la narrativa en primera persona, también.

Luego tenemos al segundo cuento, Moralidad. Es una buena historia, te atrapa desde el inicio. Me pareció un poco inverosímil, ya que, en mi opinión, es muy exagerado; no obstante, es muy interesante por ser
Aug 08, 2016 Shaun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This audiobook contained two stories. The first story, Blockade Billy was boring until the end... it got good at the end. The second story, Morality, was awful. I couldn't even pay attention. You might accept this book as a gift but I wouldn't spend money on it.
Oct 06, 2016 Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es bueno. No es una obra maestra, tan solo es bueno.
Mucho suspenso, eso si.
Mi historia favorita de las dos, fue Moralidad. (view spoiler)
Me gustan tanto
Desiree Koh
Aug 18, 2010 Desiree Koh rated it it was ok
Once upon a time, I wanted to be a horror writer, because of Stephen King. "It" grabbed my heart, kept it warm, then squeezed it cold whenever it grew talons. "Carrie" just plain scared the living shit out of me. "Different Seasons" put short stories in a different light, then freaked me out when the light went out. And so on... there was a time I actually rented "Christine" on VHS and enjoyed it.

But now, I much prefer writing non-fiction, although a big part of that is because it pays the bills
William "Blockade Billy" Blakely only played the Major League for a month or so, but he just might have been the greatest baseball player the game has ever had. So why haven't you heard of him? Sitcher self down, Constant Reader, and let ol' Stevie tell ya the story!

I'll admit, I haven't read much by King--The Stand, Dark Tower, Under the Dome, one or two others--so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I figured THE THING that got Blockade Billy erased from the record books would be something mor
Yolanda Sfetsos
Aug 27, 2011 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephen-king
It's no secret that I'm a Stephen King fan. After all, I have a copy of every book he's ever written--more than one format for some--and absolutely love the way he spins a tale. But I've fallen behind on my challenge to read 6 King Books this year. lol.

So, when hubby suggested I try this book, I shrugged and got started. I read the first 30 pages in one sitting, and was totally intrigued. Then, I found out there was another story included as well, which made me happier.

Jul 12, 2010 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
When you're as big a name as Stephen King, you could pretty much publish a grocery list and people would snap it up. But part of that is because he's earned the trust of his readers, so that when he decides to push the limits or do something different, readers will follow him and give whatever experiment he's trying a fair chance.

Those experiments have given us some enjoyable reads and some interesting entries in the Stephen King library.

"Blockade Billy" is another noble experiment by King. Rele
Jul 24, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it
This was another one of those random finds going round the local charity stores. I have been after this book for a while but being a limited availability hardback book which what is essentially two short stories parcelled as one - one 80 pages or so the other 50. As with me I won't do spoilers just to say that regardless of the content - the packaging or anything to me these are classic Stephen King short stories - the likes of which I have always enjoyed from the classics of Night Shift and ske ...more
Dylan Perry
Oct 04, 2016 Dylan Perry rated it liked it
This was one of those in-one-ear-out-the-other stories when I read it in 2010. Honestly, I enjoyed the bonus story "Morality" more than the titular story. But a friend recently listened to and recommended the audiobook, so I gave it a go and I have to say it is the best way to consume this. Craig Wasson does a terrific job and brings a lot to the text. His reading of the last line in particular was a great cap for this non-sport's fan's experience in this story. Overall: an alright tale and an e ...more
Jun 05, 2016 Joel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mucho se ha criticado a este libro, y aunque estoy de acuerdo en que no es ni de lejos uno de los mejores libros de King, la verdad es que tampoco me parece tan malo.

Creo que el punto a favor es que es muy corto (ademas de que tiene dos historias completamente distintas) y por eso no quita mucho tiempo su lectura. Sin duda lo disfrutarán más aquellos que sean fan del baseball.

Blockade Billy: 3*
Moralidad: 3.5*
Aug 03, 2016 Joey rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
Perfect little story to read as Spring Training is under way. I enjoyed reading with the only fault being it's too short. And Morality was a good one too.
G.S. Wright
Feb 26, 2016 G.S. Wright rated it really liked it
Not my favorite of his stories. Still enjoyable.
Apr 25, 2010 Donald rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Baseball fans, Stephen King fans, Writers, Short story readers
Stephen has a way with words that comes (must come?) with ruthless self-editing.

Blockade Billy is a novella at best and should probably be considered a novelette. The size, coming after “Under the Dome”, is a bit of a let down. But it is appropriate. Particularly in it’s hard-bound state. And you do get a trading card...

The story is told from the perspective of the Titans third base coach, George Grantham aka. Granny, telling the whole thing to Mr. King. The first bit of advise he gives him is
When I saw Stephen King's author photo on the back of this book, I felt a hole somewhere inside of me fill up with love and joy (or something close to it). This man loves his baseball. Look at that photo and tell me you don't grin ear-to-ear. He's like a kid on Christmas morning, a kid in the candy store, a kid who just caught a home run hit by his favorite baseball player of all time. King is goofy-happy about his baseball. And while I might not care that much about the sport, I can appreciate ...more
This was a nice treat. Two stories in one small volume that's easy to tote around. Not that you need to tote much, as it won't take long at all to finish it. But King almost always delivers, and he does so here once more.

"Blockade Billy" is a delightful little tale about baseball, told to Mr. King by an old baseball manager in a retirement home. It's about one player at least, and the events surrounding his playing career. King hits a home run here. There is a lot of baseball talk and game descr
Sam Quixote
Feb 25, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
Baseball fans or no, the best of the two short stories in this slim volume (a rarity with Stephen King) is without question "Morality". A young married couple is given the moral choice of going through with a nefarious deed for $200k by an elderly Priest. It smacks of Richard Matheson's story "Button, Button" (recently filmed as "The Box"), and is one of King's best stories in a while. It shows how a deed can change a person and how a secret can tear apart a marriage - moreover his characterisat ...more
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