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Casey on the Loose: What Really Might Have Happened Hardcover – May 24, 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Press; First Edition edition (May 24, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670827800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670827800
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,387,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Deford ( Everybody's All-American ) uses Ernest Thayer's classic poem "Casey at the Bat" to create a whimsical tale blending fact, fiction and fantasy. Timothy Casey is a brilliant young "ballist" (as they were called back in 1888) whose extraordinary hitting has galvanized the town of Mudville. Living near Boston, Casey falls in love with beautiful Florence Cleary, a recent Irish immigrant working as a maid. "Mighty Casey" also meets Chester Drinkwater, an unscrupulous businessman who lies to the young ballplayer and for a price convinces him to leave the Mudville Nine. After splitting with Flossie over Drinkwater, Casey encounters Richard Fox, the editor of the National Police Gazette , who's in Boston to convince the great John L. Sullivan to defend his boxing crown. Casey's altercation with the drunk and overweight champion is the next event in this cleverly extended what-if, tracing fictitious events that lead up to the actual at-bat immortalized by the Thayer poem. Deford writes lovingly of a time long past and his set-up of the famous at-bat is nicely conceived. A shorter version this book appeared originally in Sports Illustrated , and the novel does read like a magazine piece stretched (beyond its modest limits) between the covers of a book. Photos not seen by PW. 25,000 first printing; $25,000 ad/ promo.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By Frances Fitts on August 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book when is was first published..I loved it. I lent it to someone and never got it back. When Frank Deford recently wrote his memoirs, I tried to buy the Casey book, and it was out of print. I was so happy to find it on Amazon. The premise is so clever, and I love the way the author brings in real people from the past. This book is a gem...I will never lend it out again!
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