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The Greatest Slump of All Time

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published March 28th 1984 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published March 1984)
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Steve Kettmann
Dec 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: baseball-novels
This is a well written novel, and Carkeet is a gifted novelist, but the basic idea of the book - what if all the main players on a contending big-league team were deeply depressed? - fell flat for me, and having known many big-leaguers myself, as a newspaper sportswriter and baseball author, these did not feel like people I knew.
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I read this years ago. Decades ago. Yet I still think about it, laugh at some of the ideas and find myself recomending it to friends.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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An engaging comic novel about the starting 9 of a baseball team who are all suffering from what appears to be clinical depression. The book is ostensibly about this ballclub that keeps winning despite the misery of its constituent parts, but the real meat of the work is how each individual's depression manifests and the broad range of reactions/approaches each takes to combat it. The baseball parts -- especially descriptions of the machinations of a straight-up evil second baseman -- are amusing ...more
Rodger A. Payne
This novel's title is a pun. The successful baseball team chronicled in the book is filled with players who face some serious personal issues. Most notably, many of the teammates seem clinically depressed, though that phrase is not used by Carkeet. Given that the book was copyrighted in 1980, it was obviously written at a time when clubhouses were suddenly exposed to the outside world. Jim Bouton described some of the crazy antics and odd personalities of his teammates; this book takes that idea ...more
Aug 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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If all the regulars on a baseball team are depressed, can the team win games? This unnamed National League team will soon find out. Much of this book is extremely funny, yet poignant, as the eight regulars, plus the team's best pitcher, face their various demons, while the manager and fans remain oblivious. It's a comic novel that's a heartbreaker. You have to read it! ...more
Richard Lehingrat
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Had to pull the plug. The idea of a depressed MLB club was fun, but this author is just trying too hard with stupidly named characters and unclear baseball scenes. Does Apples pitch every game?
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is an under the rader, underappreciated novel with terrific dialogue and character development. A must read for fans of the game of baseball.
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