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Calico Joe is a fantastic novel.
When Joe Castle comes up to the big leagues he has an unbelievable run, especially for a rookie, taking the league by storm and whacking homers at an unbelievable clip. Being from the small town of Calico Rock, Arkansas the press tagged him with Calico Joe.
Joe Castle, meet Warren Tracey, an average pitcher and a horrible human being. Mean spirited to his family and teammates, and seemingly embittered by his mediocre career, despite making millions and being one of the elite few in playing major league baseball.
And Warren Tracey lived by "the code" but and maybe a little beyond it, as he was known as someone who frequently hit batters, and often aiming for the head. One day Calico Joe hit a homer off Warren Tracey. His next at bat Tracey made in pay with a heinous act that ruined both of their careers.
Warren Tracey's son Paul was there that day. And he idolized Joe Castle. And hated his father. Years later he wanted to set things right for Joe Castle.
This novel is told from the point of view of Paul Castle and it is both nostalgic and sad. The entire novel is wonderful and the ending fantastic.