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Blockade Billy /

by King, Stephen.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Scribner, ©2010Description: 132 pages ; 19 cm.ISBN: 9781451608212; 1451608217.Subject(s): Baseball stories | Murder -- Fiction | Baseball stories | Murder | Detective and mystery fiction | Fiction | Horror fiction | Baseball stories | Horror fiction | Detective and mystery fiction
Contents:
Blockade Billy -- Morality.
Summary: "Even the most die-hard baseball fans don't know the true story of William "Blockade Billy" Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first--and only--player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game's history. Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse."
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From New York Times bestselling author Stephen King comes the haunting story of Blockade Billy , the greatest Major League baseball player to be erased from the game.    <p> </p> <p>Even the most die-hard baseball fans don't know the true story of William "Blockade Billy" Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first--and only--player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game's history.</p> <p>Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse... and only Stephen King, the most gifted storyteller of our age, can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all.</p> <p> </p> <p>Originally published through Cemetery Dance Publications on April 20, 2010 as a $25.00 limited-edition hardcover, Stephen King and Cemetery Dance have made an arrangement with Scribner to make available a less expensive hardcover edition of Blockade Billy , with an on-sale date of May 25th, the same date the audiobook goes on sale. The Scribner edition will be available in all U.S. and Canadian retail outlets. Both the Scribner book and the Simon & Schuster audiobook will feature a bonus short story ("Morality").</p>

Blockade Billy -- Morality.

"Even the most die-hard baseball fans don't know the true story of William "Blockade Billy" Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first--and only--player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game's history. Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse."

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Library Journal Review

King, a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, takes a break from the supernatural with this highly entertaining novella. Things are not going well for the Newark Titans in 1957, until they turn in desperation to minor league catcher Billy Blakely, who proves to be both an excellent fielder and a timely hitter. This being a King tale, the Titans' success is not without some unexpected turns. In the tradition of Robert Coover's The Universal Baseball Association and Jerome Charyn's The Seventh Babe, Blockade Billy is infused with colorful details of the game. Actor Craig Wasson sounds delightfully grumpy as the Titans' avuncular third-base coach, comically raising his voice to convey displeasure with the post-1957 world. All fans of King's, baseball, and perfectly performed audiobooks will be delighted. [Includes the bonus story "Morality," read by Mare Winningham; the Scribner hc was described as a "read-at-one-gulp tale," LJ Xpress Reviews, 4/30/10.-Ed.]-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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