Fastball John

Fastball John

by Dave Jordan, John D'Acquisto


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From his status as the #17 pick overall in the 1970 June draft in the shadow of his induction notice to his post-game minor league antics with Goose Gossage, Gorman Thomas and Charlie "Country Chuck" Manuel, former Rookie Pitcher of the Year John D'Acquisto explores the free love and "free agency" of 1972 California; the tragedy at Spring Training '74; John's role as a pawn in the struggle for clubhouse power between manager Charlie Fox and Bobby Bonds; deep inside the untold story of the Bob Gibson/D'Acquisto pitching duels; the endless nightlife and shady characters of 1976 San Francisco; the despair of ex-major leaguers deserted in the 1977 AAA baseball purgatory of sunny Honolulu; the backroom dealings between players and management ahead of the 1981 players' strike, and the fateful meeting between John and his former owner that may have derailed his career.

"Heinie." Randy. Buzzie. "Sweet Matt." "Davvy." Marvin. "Mac." Juan. Jimmie Reese. Gibby & Torre. "Moff." Keith. "Onti." "Ras." Pete. "Simba" & Geno, among many others along for the ride.

Featuring a foreword by popular 70's baseball historian Dan Epstein and flavored by music of the era.

If you love the narrative structure of cable dramas like Mad Men and House of Cards, then you will adore this rich, period love story between a man and his profession.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692750278
Publisher: Instream Books
Publication date: 09/07/2016
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 712,729
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

John D'Acquisto was named National League Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 1974. John pitched in the major leagues for ten seasons, mostly for the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. Named as one of the fastest pitchers ever, by Bill James, his fastball was recorded at 102.4 MPH. Currently, John works as a Replay Tech and Field Timing Coordinator for Major League Baseball's FTC and Replay Tech programs for and MLB Network near his home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dave Jordan is the founder of Instream Sports, the first athlete-author website, home to the highly acclaimed first-person essays from many Hall of Fame and popular athletes. David's work has been praised by writers at NBC Sports, ESPN, Grantland, Sports Illustrated, Deadspin and SB Nation. He has also written, directed and produced films and commercials, including the SXSW festival hit "The Paper Mache Chase," starring Jim Gaffigan, Cynthia Nixon and Spalding Gray.

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