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Junk pitcher Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1967


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Mass Market Paperback, January 1, 1967
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New American Library (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007HC3L0
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,243,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Faust is a sparkling young pitcher with a live arm and a superb fastball. So good that he can simply rear back and throw it by major league hitters. He also has superb control, which means that he can put the ball in the locations most difficult for the batters. His desire to win is so great that he agrees to pitch at a frequency that burns his arm out in a few years.
After consulting numerous physicians, he is finally told that his arm is simply worn out and no medical treatment, even rest, will lead to recovery. His only hope to return to the major leagues is to develop a set of off-speed pitches, known in the trade as junk. It is a struggle at first, requiring him to completely change his style. He also must learn to become a super fielder, the batters that before were whiffing in style are now hitting him hard, and he must be prepared to respond at all times.
Despite a few emotional outbursts, Tom is a willing and eager learner and eventually works his way back into the major leagues. In an act of coincidental revenge, he pitches his greatest game against the team that originally burned him out. Barely missing a no-hitter, he shows the world that he is truly a pitcher and not just a body with a whip for a right arm.
Juvenile sports fiction is traditionally as much about character and right attitude as it is about sports and this book is no exception. Fortunately, Faust tones down the moral aspects to less than what he could have made it. Had he been more forceful in expounding the moral of the story, it would have degraded the book because that moral was so clear in format. The occasional flash of temper on the part of Faust was also a good thing, in that it made him appear more human. No person in his position would have been able to avoid an occasional burst of frustration.
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Lots of good baseball knowledge in here for the aspiring pre-teen or teenage ballplayer. Sound pitching advice as well as some life lessons. It's a bit outdated in that it was written before MRI's or sliders but the overall concept is good. A simple story for a simpler time, but timeless lessons nonetheless.
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