The Heavenly World Series by Frank O'Rourke
Timeless Baseball Fiction

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With freshness and empathy during the 1940s and 1950s, Frank O’Rourke created a world of baseball fiction as evocative as a dusty rural diamond or Wrigley Field’s ivied walls. In this richly enjoyable collection of O’Rourke’s work—the first in nearly fifty years and including six stories never before in book form—his heroes compete alongside such real baseball greats as Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, and Willie Mays, while confronting the all-too-human limitations of injury, age, and envy. In “The Catcher,” the longtime star of the St. Louis Blues returns for a game facing his old team and the heartless owner who traded him away. “One Ounce of Common Sense” portrays a dramatic pennant race in which a veteran shortstop counsels a young teammate at odds with the team owner during contract negotiations, only to be benched for this so-called insubordination. And in “Nothing New,” a player modeled on the young Jackie Robinson strides across the color line and makes history with an unforgettable dash around the bases. O’Rourke captures the essence of baseball in elegiac, unsentimentalized fiction that will endure as long as fans of the national pastime love the game.

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Frank O'Rourke (October 16, 1916) was an American writer known for western and mystery novels and sports fiction. O'Rourke ultimately wrote more than 60 novels and numerous magazine articles. He was born in Denver, Colorado, and he attended Kemper Military School. His first novel was E Company (1945), based in part on his wartime experiences in WWII. O'Rourke sometimes wrote under the pen name of Frank O'Malley. In 1989 he committed suicide on April 27.
Published March 12, 2002 by Carroll & Graf. 320 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Cannily displaying the intricate complexity of baseball, adroitly clarifying and reducing it to a human level, and balancing the throbbing pathos of individual achievement against the universal mystique of a shared endeavor, this sterling collection of 16 stories represents the best work of a ven...

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