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One of the game's premier pitchers, Cone came unglued in 2000; his 4-14 season was a disaster. The "wizardly old master" Angell had intended to extol was suddenly "Merlin falling headlong down the palace stairs." There's gold to be spun from that, though, and Angell, the essayist as deft alchemist, spins away. The more Cone struggles--the more he battles age, doubt, injury, and the various curves baseball fate can throw--to regain what he's lost, the more valiant he seems. It gives A Pitcher's Story its depth, its heart, its spirit, and its honor. If Angell entered into the project with the intention of getting a grip on the delicacies of pitching, he does, but he comes away with so much more. Like good battery mates, Cone and Angell work with, and off of, each other. Together, they evoke a canny portrait of a career at the crossroads, and a meditation on the powers of an elite athlete's pride. --Jeff Silverman
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Pretty dull. I could not finish it and that is rare for me and a baseball story. Sorry Roger.Published 15 months ago by topgun
I know so little about pitching and this book really helped me understand some facets. Lots of good information about David Cone which I hadn't known.Published 17 months ago by lzharmony
David Conw has a really interesting career when you look at the back of his baseball card. This book does a good job of focusing on his last year with the Yankees, but makes... Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by RC3
Great authour, great pitcher, poor book.
I am a great ball fan and a regular at the Blue Jays games - especially when the Yankees or the A's or Seattle come to town. Read more
Roger Angell takes you through the troublesome and nail-biting career to the ordinary every day life of the renowned pitcher, David Cone. Read morePublished on May 28, 2003 by Ethan Root
I'd been waiting a long time for a book to be published about my favorite baseball player, David Cone. This book is excellent in describing Cone both professionally and personally. Read morePublished on August 13, 2002 by Harriet
This is a very good book but it ends up just a notch below Angell's other baseball books. I think the reason is that this book is essentially a biography and, thus, it gives the... Read morePublished on June 15, 2002 by Randy Keehn
THIS STORY OF DAVID CONE IS A DECENT READ. I FOUND MYSELF DAY DREAMING DURING SOME OF THIS BOOK FOR IT DIDN'T HOLD MY INTEREST ALL THAT MUCH. MR. Read morePublished on April 29, 2002