BULL PEN HERO by Les Etter


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This is no change up from the stock of fictional young major leaguers on the mound. Pete Barnard is the young man, and even though he had suffered from a strained arm for a year, he was drafted by the major league Eagles on the basis of a single relief performance in a college game. His pitches have the speed to impress the big leaguers but he lacks experience, and his inconsistency keeps him vacillating for a while between the Eagles and their farm team. Moving with him is Chief Fenton, a renowned old-timer who's past his prime. Fenton still retains his old eccentricities, including a habit of falling for investment hoaxes, and doesn't hesitate to ""borrow"" from Pete for the purpose. Pete's worries about Fenton, and about the Chief's glamorous daughter send him into some pitching slumps. But, then there is Prof, a bemused business professor with a foghorn cheering voice, who always shows up in time to smooth out Pete's problems. The baseball descriptions are competently handled, but the story is too puffed up with lackluster personal problems.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1966
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill