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Bo: pitching and wooing Paperback – 1974

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  • Paperback: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006XDL9I
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,025,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pugwash on March 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The great thing about reading a baseball biography written before "Ball Four", is that while many things are written about, much is left to the readers imagination.

Bo Belinsky was one of the great off the field baseball characters, and his story, played out in early 1960's until he left baseball in the early 1970's is a raucous, rollicking,irrepressable tale of mediocre pitching, surrounded by tabloid celebrity.

Belinsky was best known as a journeyman pitcher whose talent never met with his promise. The author of a no-hitter for the California Angels in 1964, he was pursued by and squired Hollywood starlets, celebrities and beautiful women in an endless string during his stay in California.

As he struggled in his pitching career, every pitfall had a silver lining. While banished to play in Latin America, he finds himself in the middle of an old-fashioned banana republic shootout. As he dives to safety and turns over tables in a cafe to avoid flying bullets, he discovers a beautiful woman under the next table, and two glasses of Champagne that are sitting half-full. The book leaves what happens next mostly to our imagination, but graphically so.

As he becomes more suspect than prospect, he is sent to the minors, but plays two seasons in Hawaii.

The beginning of the story is hilarious, with his mother describing how he got his nickname, Bo.

For anyone who loves baseball, and wants to read about someone other than a superstar, this is a must.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Travers on May 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The year was 1973. I was 14, entering Redwood High School near San Francisco. I read Bo: Pitching and Wooing by Maury Allen. Today, almost 40 years later, this is a book I absolutely consider to be one of the five best sports books ever written, and the genesis of my own writing career. What a long, strange trip it's been.

Reading Pitching and Wooing occurred simultaneously with my befriending Brad Cole. Brad grew up in the Los Angeles area but moved to Marin County when his folks were divorced. San Franciscans despise everything about L.A. I never bought this garbage. I was a huge USC Trojans fan, thought the music of The Beach Boys to be a siren song, and was fascinated with Los Angeles. Brad painted a glorious portrait of life in the Southland: beautiful girls at the beach, packed throngs at Dodger Stadium, the glories of Jim Murray and the Los Angeles Times. I could practically taste the Dodger Dogs. This came as I read Pitching and Wooing, which probably painted a nostalgic picture of the Sunset Strip, circa 1962, more thoroughly than any other writer with the possible exception of another Bo Belinsky biographer, Pat Jordan ("Once he Was An Angel," Sports Illustrated, 1972).

Between Brad's tales and Maury's book I was transplanted to the Whiskey-a-Go-Go, a swank Sinatra Hollywoodland of gorgeous babves, hot nights, happening night clubs, and exciting baseball. Everything that made life worth living at that time. For a lonely only-child without a semblance of a girlfriend, it was a vicarious thrill so . . . thrilling . . . that it in some ways was almost better than actual real life. Writing cannot be better than that.

I read it many times, memorized it. I was a heckuva good baseball player and figured some day I would play professionally.
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