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Blockade Billy (2010)
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Published: Baltimore, MD : Cemetery Dance Pubns., 2010
Edition:  [Various editions]
Description:  112 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9781587672286, 9781451608212, 1587672286,
Language:  English


Also published: New York : Scribner, c2010. 132 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. 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. This original, never-before-published novella represents Stephen King at his very best"--Dust jacket

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Blockade Billy


Fans of Stephen King are aware of his passion for baseball.  His new novella  is the bizarro world version of his other recent release:  Under the Dome.

Where one novel requires over 1200 pages for the story to unfold, Blockade Billy can be read in a half hour. The story is remnant of a 1960 Twilight Zone episode entitled:  "The Mighty Casey;" a story about a phenom baseball player that's behavior is off-center.  It also is comparable to Bernard Malamud's The Natural...an unknown sensation with a sordid past.

Billy Blakely is the third replacement catcher for the New Jersey Titans and preseason hasn't even ended.  Blakely is a positional band-aid until a seasoned veteran can be acquired.

Coincidently, Blakely plays his first game with a band-aid on one of his fingers.  He agrees with the coach's suggestion that it was a shaving accident.  A base-runner collides at the plate with the Titan catcher late in the game and is rushed to the hospital with a lacerated leg.  The opposing team accuses Blakely of purposely cutting the runner's leg with something like a sharp finger nail. P

ost National Anthem, the curious, first few innings of an expedited ballplayer's 30-game career begins.    Blakely's behavior continues to draw his coach's suspicions culminating in a face-first dive on the baseball field of life.
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