The Shortstop

The Shortstop

by Zane Grey

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Hoping to make enough money to start his own business, seventeen-year-old Chase Alloway quit his factory job to become a baseball player. Every town in Ohio had a baseball club, and Chase dragged himself from place to place, drifting until his money was exhausted and his clothes was dirty and ragged. He was just at the point when he was ready to go back and beg to be rehired at his lousy factory job when the tables turned for Chase Alloway in this look at early baseball and one boy's love of The Game.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688112615
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/28/1992
Pages: 272
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Born in 1875, Zane Grey was raised in Zanesville, Ohio, a town founded by his mother’s family. His passion for the American West was aroused in 1907 when Grey toured the West with Buffalo Jones, a noted hunter and adventurer. Grey published a total of 85 books — popular adventure novels that idealized the Western frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage remains his best-known book. He died in 1939 in California.

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The Short Stop 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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I don't even 'like' baseball, but this was a GREAT story! Thanks for the adventure!
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This is not only a great baseball book, it's a great book. It gives an insight into baseball that I never imagined. It makes me want to watch baseball to find out if I can notice things going on that are like the situations in the book. The social interplay of the characters in the book is fascinating. They say: 'write what you know.' Zane grey at one time played professional baseball. He is also a great writer in general. His descriptions are very enjoyable. He creates visual images by describing them as they might be seen, as opposed to trying to impress us with flowery writing. When he describes something, you can see it happening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 'Shortstop' is the story of Chase Alloway who when his father dies leaves his mother and his crippled brother and goes out on his own to make his way as a ballplayer. The story of how he tries out in the minors,of his adventures on the road ,of his making it are moving and exciting.The story is in a way the story of the American dream realized,of making it through hard work and effort .It tells how Chase finally does make it , comes home,helps his mother and brother, brings with him the girl he has met who is going to be his wife. The book captures the spirit of turn- of - the century America, of the small- town baseball world.It is rich in its insights into the game of baseball and the dream of life. I read this book every night before going to bed for many many years. I think it should have a much higher place in the pantheon of American children's baseball books than it does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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