THE LAST SERIES by Hal Higdon

THE LAST SERIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Stratton Field (where a dedicated core of bleacher fans preside over' the last refuge of daytime baseball) and the eternally cellar-bound Cobras are easy to recognize. So is Hal Higdon's cellophane-crisp line-up, led by rookie catcher Danny Wasocka and ""switch pitcher"" Harrison Goodpasture, who make up a battery that truly confounds the opposition. While the farce on the playing field grows funnier with every improbable out, the campaign to save their stadium from the bulldozers -- waged by the loyal bleacher fans and directed by Mama O'Leary, an Irish pizza parlor owner -- is pitched for laughs that never quite materialize. Readers will tune out as the Vipers stalk the Mayor and foil his scheming aide Napoleon Birdsong, but the flakey fielding is worth waiting for and Higdon's smooth windup sends this two-dimensional slapstick right into the strike zone.

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 1974
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Dutton