THREE MEN ON THIRD by Gene Olson

THREE MEN ON THIRD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Coogan Comets, as described upon introduction, sound like the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and Jerry Lewis, with Rock Hudson as captain. For example: ""In right field, Lloyd ""Lard"" Cranebill fielded a warm-up fungo with his meat hand; his glove was occupied by a liverwurst sandwich."" Their hated coach, Gunther Kragg, is on a leave of absence, having supposedly joined ""the fool Peace Corps."" Kragg's replacement is Joseph Albert Cornsweet, who knows nothing about baseball and is in the principal's words to hero Dick Spicer ""a complete goofball."" Principal Sweeney orders Captain Spicer to secretly manage the team and to see to it that Sweeney's son gets to pitch -- even though he can't. No, the Comets don't win the championship, but only because Kragg returns, having been stealthily earning money instead of working in the Peace Corps, and makes a fool of Cornsweet in public. There is that feeling that this is all supposed to be very funny, which is too bad -- because it isn't.

Pub Date: April 12th, 1965
Publisher: Westminster