THE BIGGEST VICTORY by Alfred Slote

THE BIGGEST VICTORY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Routine sports daydreaming about a boy who prefers fishing but is pushed by his over-competitive father into playing baseball. On the diamond Randy's a self-admitted dud, but (sure enough) when the pressure from Dad is turned off and he's called from the bench to pinch hit in the big game, he (accidentally) knocks in the tying run though missing the plate with his slide, becoming -- if not a full-fledged hero -- at least a Little League Mary Throneberry. As for the fishing, Randy never catches the old bullhead he was after, but he does save little Sam Gonder from drowning (again accidentally). Similarly uncoordinated boys may derive a faint gleam of hope from Randy's haphazard victories; if not, they can pick up at least one surefire idea here for getting the old man to let them quit the team.

Pub Date: March 15th, 1972
Publisher: Lippincott