Monday, May 19, 2014

Book Club - Blockade Billy by Stephen King

You probably don't remember the rookie William Blakely. He came up from the minors when both his team's catchers went down on the last day of spring training in 1957.  While his team searched frantically for a veteran catcher, Billy Blakely would have to do.

But the kid turned out to be good. He could hit homers, hit in the clutch but best of all was his defense. The kid was so good at blocking the plate (in a way which is probably illegal in today's game) that the fans started holding up orange signs saying "Road Closed by Order of Blockade Billy". And this was just one month into the season.

If you haven't read the great little book called "Blockade Billy" by Stephen King, you should.

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