Originally written on Cub Reporter  |  Last updated 11/17/14
On the day after Anthony Rizzo's first HR as well as the first day of the month that Ron Santo gets into the Baseball Hall of Fame... John Grisham was at Wrigley Field earlier this season while on his book tour promoting his first baseball novel,  "Calico Joe". The famed author of Legal Thrillers like "The Firm" decided to take on America's favorite pastime. Born in Arkansas and educated in Mississippi, Grisham weaves the historical fiction tale of Joe Castle, the greatest rookie ballplayer ever. It's ultimate Cubbery rivaling the reality of the last 104 years including Brock for Broglio, Lee Smith's 8th inning pitch to Steve Garvey and Moises Alou's tirade against Steve Bartman. The baseball season is 1973, a year the Cubs were not expected to compete for the pennant (so what else is new?). This team resembled the trailing embers of the infamous 1969 Cubs. The actual Cub roster in 1973 included a pitching staff of veterans Fergie Jenkins, Milt Pappas, Rick Reuschel and younger pi...
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