Henry Wiggen, the bedraggled six-foot-three, 195-pound, left-handed pitcher for the New York Mammoths, returns to narrate another novel in his inimitable manner. Fans who loved him in Bang the Drum Slowly, The Southpaw, and A Ticket for a Seamstitch (all Bison Books) will cheer his comeback. Wiggen is now thirty-nine, a fading veteran with a floating fastball, a finicky prostate, and other intimations of mortality. Released from the Mammoths after nineteen years, the twenty-seventh winningest pitcher in baseball history (tied at 247 victories with Joseph J. "Iron Man" McGinnity and John Powell), Wiggen is not ready to hang up his glove. What impels Henry to pitch against Pate, to trek to California and as far as Japan? He still has a few seasons, a few innings left anyway. Is he principled or possessed? You'll have to decide for yourself as author Mark Harris plays out Wiggen's midlife crisis on familiar American turf: the baseball diamond.
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Henry Wiggen, Mark Harris' larger than life pitcher, is on the comeback trail. This is one return that will be welcomed--and not by baseball fans alone. Wiggen is now 39, a fading veteran with a floating fastball, a finicky prostate, and other intimations of mortality. Released from his team after 19 years, he rebels against retirement.
What drives Henry to pitch against Fate, to trek to California and on to Japan? He still has a few seasons, a few innings left to play. Hero or buffoon? It's a close call as Harris plays out male menopause on familiar American turf.
"If I had a vote, I would put Henry Wiggen up for Cooperstown." (The New York Times)From the Publisher:
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Book Description McGraw-Hill, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0070267200
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