Blockade Billy by Stephen King

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From New York Times bestselling author Stephen King comes the haunting story of Blockade Billy, the greatest Major League baseball player to be erased from the game.   


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.

Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse... and only Stephen King, the most gifted storyteller of our age, can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all.


Originally published through Cemetery Dance Publications on April 20, 2010 as a $25.00 limited-edition hardcover, Stephen King and Cemetery Dance have made an arrangement with Scribner to make available a less expensive hardcover edition of Blockade Billy, with an on-sale date of May 25th, the same date the audiobook goes on sale. The Scribner edition will be available in all U.S. and Canadian retail outlets. Both the Scribner book and the Simon & Schuster audiobook will feature a bonus short story ("Morality").

About Stephen King

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
Published May 25, 2010 by Scribner. 132 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Blockade Billy

Book Reporter

And like Roy Hobbs --- Malamud’s tragic hero --- Billy has a secret.

Dec 22 2010 | Read Full Review of Blockade Billy

The Washington Post

The love of baseball has always been a small but persistent element in Stephen King's fiction.

Apr 21 2010 | Read Full Review of Blockade Billy

USA Today

Fans of Stephen King's doorstop-sized novels (last year's Under the Dome clocked in at 1,100 pages) will find his new book a walk in the park the ballpark.Blockade Billy, a novella, out today, is a nod to King's love affair with America's favorite pastime.

Jun 03 2010 | Read Full Review of Blockade Billy Bestsellers

it's a short story to be added to King's other sports-themed writings.Nothing in the tale makes it especially memorable.Description'Blockade Billy' by Stephen King was published May 25, 2010.Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications144 pagesGuide Review - 'Blockade Billy' by Stephen King - Book Revi...

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Lincoln Journal Star

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Bookmarks Magazine

ISBN: 978-1451608212 USA Today 4 of 5 Stars "This is a King story, and it has to have a King ending.

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Large Print Reviews

Stephen King tells the humorous suspenseful tale of the baseball catcher William "Blockade Billy" Blakely, who played pro-baseball for the Newark Titans in the 1950s for several months.

Jul 21 2010 | Read Full Review of Blockade Billy

Geek Speak

But I do wonder just how many people Borders thought would want to dish out the price of two full paperbacks for what is, essentially, a short story in hardcover format.

May 25 2010 | Read Full Review of Blockade Billy


Granny’s casual, slightly profane voice recollects a different time when men were men and baseball was baseball and nobody wore skinny jeans.

May 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Blockade Billy

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