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  • Unknown Binding: 187 pages
  • Publisher: M.S. Mill and Co. and W. Morrow (1948)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007E5GJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,150,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 9, 2005
Format: Unknown Binding
I consider Duane Decker to be one of the best writers of adolescent sports fiction. Many of his books revolve around the mythical Blue Sox, with their manager Jughead (Jug) Slavin. Actual baseball legends such as Babe Ruth, Joe Dimaggio and Ted Williams also appear, but only as the objects of media commentary and comparison. There is a book featuring a player at each of the nine positions and this one deals with a pitcher.

Eddie Lasky is an all-star caliber shortstop on the Blue Sox team that won the pennant last year. However, in the off season, he rescued his nearly blind dog from being hit by a car and damaged his knee. The damage is permanent and it robs him of his speed, changing him from a star into a utility infielder. He starts the season on the bench and helps his replacement polish his skills until it is clear that he will not be returning to the lineup. Jug Slavin then asks him to take over the pitching of batting practice, which he does. His control is excellent, and the competitive fires still burn.

Therefore, he begins a serious attempt in converting to a pitcher, over the objections of Slavin, who points out that right now, Lasky has a spot on the team. His position as a utility infielder is secure, but if he decides to become a pitcher, then he will lose that security and will have to earn his way on the team all over again. He learns fast, before long his teammates are encouraging Slavin to give Lasky a chance at pitching. Eventually, he is given a few chances in games where the Blue Sox are well behind. He does well, but Slavin is still skeptical. Finally, he is put in a game and suddenly the Blue Sox rally to tie the score. The pressure is too much and he hits the next batter.
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