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    Shoeless Joe by W P Kinsella

"If you build it, he will come." These mysterious words, spoken by an Iowa baseball announcer, inspire Ray Kinsella to carve a baseball diamond in his cornfield in honor of his hero, the baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson. What follows is both a rich, nostalgic look at one of our most cherished national pastimes and a remarkable story about fathers and sons, love and family, and the inimitable joy of finding your way home.

Year: 1982
Genre: BaseballMagical Realism

    Calico Joe by John Grisham

It's the summer of 1973, and Joe Castle is the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone has ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faces Calico Joe, Paul is in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren throws a fastball that will change their lives forever.

Year: 2012
Genre: BaseballComing of Age




Got ItWant ItRead ItYearTitle

-- -- --1952 The Natural   by Bernard Malamud
-- -- --1975 Mortal Stakes   by Robert B. Parker
-- -- --1982 Shoeless Joe   by W P Kinsella
-- -- --1989 Summer of '49   by David Halberstam
-- -- --1999 The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon   by Stephen King
-- -- --2012 Calico Joe   by John Grisham