Strike Zone by Jim Bouton

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Two expert writers on baseball offer an exciting tale about Sam Ward, an aging minor league pitcher, who gets a chance to pitch in the Majors, and Ernie Kolacka, an umpire, who has agreed to fix the game. 75,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo. Tour.

About Jim Bouton

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Writer Eliot Asinof was born in Manhattan on July 13, 1919. After graduating from Swarthmore but before joining the Army during World War II, he played minor league baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies' organization. His best-known work was Eight Men Out, which is about the 1919 Black Sox scandal and became a movie in 1988. He wrote over a dozen books during his lifetime including Man on Spikes, Seven Days to Sunday, and Final Judgment. He also wrote for television and the movies, but his published credits were limited, most likely because he was blacklisted in the 1950's. He died due to complications of pneumonia on June 10, 2008.
Published June 1, 1994 by Viking Adult. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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During the fateful nine innings, Ward pitches the game of his life, but Kolacka quickly becomes a master at making crooked calls look like fair play.

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It's the last day of the baseball season at beautiful Wrigley Field. The Phillies and Cubs are all tied up; the final game will determine who makes the playoffs. It's also the last game for 60-year-ol

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The Cubs lead 5-4, but the Phillies have the bases loaded, the count is 3-2 with the most important pitch of the season on the way--and Sam Ward is about to save Ernie Kolacka's soul.

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