A wildly successful, pennant-contending major league baseball team blasts the cover off the ball, boasts an airtight infield and outfield, drives in winning runs in the clutch, and, at the same time, suffers from almost every imaginable Freudian disorder and emotional complaint. Here is a stupendous bunch of eccentrics, oddballs, and general misfits: a catcher who fantasizes about a pitch-out so that he can jump free of his claustrophobic equipment; a chatterbox third baseman with total recall of meaningless statistics; a Dutch-Spanish right fielder whose fractured pronouncements may hold the solution ("Eesa masha goo bas cub"). As Carkeet follows the melancholy fortunes of this unusual group - which just happens to play baseball - he creates a hilarious and moving story about real people and what makes them tick.
March 1984 : USA Hardback
March 1985 : UK Paperback