Blockade Billy

Blockade Billy Even the most die hard baseball fans don t know the true story of William Blockade Billy Blakely He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen but today no one remembers his name He was

  • Title: Blockade Billy
  • Author: Stephen King
  • ISBN: 9781587672286
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Even the most die hard baseball fans don t know the true story of William Blockade Billy Blakely He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name He was the first and only player to have his existence completely removed from the record books Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game s history.EveryEven the most die hard baseball fans don t know the true story of William Blockade Billy Blakely He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name He was the first and only player to have his existence completely removed from the record books Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game s history.Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today His secret was much, much worse and only Stephen King, the most gifted storyteller of our age, can reveal the truth to the world, once and for all.

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    About "Stephen King"

    1. Stephen King

      Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

    762 thoughts on “Blockade Billy”

    1. Blockade Billy by Stephen King is King's novella which first appeared in Bazaar of Bad Dreams. It is King's story of Blockade Billy Blakely who played a month for the fictional Newark Titans in 1957. While I am a baseball fanatic, I am not usually a fan of King's psychological thrillers due to my runaway imagination. Yet, even I could not resist this novella numbering less than one hundred pages in length. The story is told in reminiscing by third base coach George "Granny" Grantham to King in a [...]


    2. Blockade Billy - 5 StarsHuge baseball fan + Huge Stephen King fan = A killer of a baseball catcher and a horror of a story. Loved it! Morality - 3 Stars What would you do for $200,000 tax free? Check out what happens when Nora and Chad decide to fulfill an old man's evil last wish that turns their world upside down. Ok Bonus Story with an ending that left me unfulfilled. (my 5 Star rating for the main event.Blockade Billy!)


    3. I have many pleasures in life, but two that really make me smile are Stephen King and baseball. Now I’m not going to write this review in hopes of changing your mind about Stephen King—he is what he is. You may like him. You may not. For my own two cents, I think he is a wonderful storyteller. Sure, one could peruse his body of work and find numerous examples where he stunk up the place; but, and I am saying this not only as a King fan but also as a fan of literature, one could also find num [...]


    4. I’ll concede that most readers may not like this as much as I did – I think you have to be a baseball fan AND a Stephen King fan – of which I am both. More than that really, one of the many reasons I like King is that I know that he is also a baseball fan.Baseball has a rich history of good writing. Guys like George Will, Roger Kahn, Roger Angell, and Michael L. Lewis to name a few have contributed to building the game’s mythos. King also has contributed to baseball literature, especiall [...]


    5. I can understand the reason for the mixed reviews of this King novella. There is definitely a huge amount of baseball jargon associated with this story, so I can understand that if you are not a baseball fan, this may not be entertaining to you. There is not the usual horror element we usually find in King's work, at least not in the supernatural sense. But we do have our blood, don't we?I actually thought the story was superb. It was a quick, fun read, told from the perspective of a retired coa [...]


    6. I'm a softball fan more than a baseball fan, I wanted to get that out there first. I liked this book. I really liked the Granny character. Such a hoot!! A different kind of King book for sure.


    7. It's no secret that I'm a Stephen King fan. After all, I have a copy of every book he's ever written--more than one format for some--and absolutely love the way he spins a tale. But I've fallen behind on my challenge to read 6 King Books this year. lol.So, when hubby suggested I try this book, I shrugged and got started. I read the first 30 pages in one sitting, and was totally intrigued. Then, I found out there was another story included as well, which made me happier.BLOCKADE BILLY: Tells the [...]


    8. Wow! Fantastic novella by the master of horror. Blockade Billy 'pitches' a baseball story so skillfully that you often find yourself questioning where reality stops and fiction starts. The short story Morality reminded me of the Kierkegaardian concept of The Knights of Infinite Resignation taken to the most extreme ends.


    9. Blockade Billy is a very solid and entertaining novella that fans of baseball and non-fans alike should enjoy. There is simply not much good baseball fiction available and this offering from King manages to fill a void that I simply didn't realize was there until I read it. Overall, the story gave me feelings of some of my favorite baseball movies such as Bull Durham and The Natural.For those who aren't baseball fans though, this book still contains enough of King's wonderful characters and dial [...]


    10. BASEBALL WITH BARBARISMI have finally found a kind of baseball I can get into! I seriously did NOT think I was going to like this story on baseball--let alone give it a justly deserved 5*. I mean baseball bores the heck out of me.I basically picked it up because the cover on this adorable tiny little hardcover is so perfectly retro and nostalgic. It's beyond cute enough to leave out on my beloved made-to-order coffee table; a place screaming for a book just like this, next to a plate of chocolat [...]


    11. So, if you read the back of this book, you get a pretty good sense of what you’re getting into. This is a collection of two long short stories, one the story of Blockade Billy, a catcher for a baseball team that has been OMG ERASED FROM HISTORY because he did an OMG HORRIBLE THING, which was so bad that even he was OMG ERASED FROM HISTORY. Not literally, so much as the history books just didn’t mention him, but dang if you don’t get this sense of dread reading the story, waiting to see wha [...]


    12. I like baseball. Watching it. I don't follow or understand stats or anything, and I'm not "down with the lingo". I understand the basic concept of the game and am pretty good with the rules, but that's about the extent of it: I enjoy watching baseball games. I know now that I do not like reading about baseball. I am familiar with the game, but even I had a hard time following all of the lingo and action. To Stephen King's credit, the parts I did understand were vivid and easy to see, as usual, b [...]


    13. I'm glad I listened to this book instead of reading it for myself because I think the narrator's voice did an excellent job bringing me into this book. I was totally engaged, as if I was sitting at a bar listening to some old timer tell a story from his glory days. The story itself isn't my favorite subject, in fact, I have managed to avoid most books about sports up to this point! But being that this is King and I want to "read them all", I gave this one my ears. I'm glad I did!


    14. No le tenía muy buenas expectativas a este libro, pero me terminó sorprendiendo. Blockade Billy es un relato que lo podría haber disfrutado mucho más si me gustara el Baseball, sin embargo, me resultó entretenido y me cautivó con ese final. Me encantó la narrativa en primera persona, también.Luego tenemos al segundo cuento, Moralidad. Es una buena historia, te atrapa desde el inicio. Me pareció un poco inverosímil, ya que, en mi opinión, es muy exagerado; no obstante, es muy interesan [...]


    15. En este pequeño tomo nos encontramos con dos historias. La primera no me ha aportado nada de nada. Si no eres fan de los deportes, te llega incluso a aburrir. Pero la segunda historia ha sido mucho más interesante, más estilo S. King, y me ha encantado! Yo recomiendo totalmente "Moralidad" antes que "Blockade Billy", pero para gustos, colores. “El hombre sonrió. Fue una sonrisa benévola. También desagradable: labios de oveja, dientes de lobo.”


    16. This audiobook contained two stories. The first story, Blockade Billy was boring until the end it got good at the end. The second story, Morality, was awful. I couldn't even pay attention. You might accept this book as a gift but I wouldn't spend money on it.



    17. (Collected in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams)The finer points of American Baseball may have eluded me, but this is a damn good story nonetheless.


    18. So-so. There were two stories in this edition: Blockade Billy and Morality.Blockade Billy was my least favourite of the two. However, it was the better written story. Morality was my favourite. It was, however, rushed at the end. It had a great lead up to an explosive ending, then King rushed it, chopped it into bits, and left it flat.Oh well, fun lil break from novels.


    19. Blockade Billy:Ok, now I hate being hard on Stephen King books, but this book confused me a bit. I am not a baseball person at all (any kind of sport really) and throughout alot of the story he is describing games. So much of that was over my head. I did love the conversational tone, as if Granny was telling the story to Uncle Stevie, and that did help a bit. Well, that's my only complaint there. Thought I was gonna trash it didn't ya? lol. I was pretty surprised by the twist and very much enjoy [...]



    20. I feel kinda bad giving this two stars because I don't know fuck all about baseball and this hasn't piqued my interest in the subject. To be fair though, even if it didn't read like my cars technical manual with a flimsy plot attached, the actual main story (or in other words anything that doesn't read like the page for notable games of Major League Baseball) is just a bit pointless and wank. An additional star is given for the second story, "Morality" but even that isn't particularly great. If [...]


    21. Once upon a time, I wanted to be a horror writer, because of Stephen King. "It" grabbed my heart, kept it warm, then squeezed it cold whenever it grew talons. "Carrie" just plain scared the living shit out of me. "Different Seasons" put short stories in a different light, then freaked me out when the light went out. And so on there was a time I actually rented "Christine" on VHS and enjoyed it.But now, I much prefer writing non-fiction, although a big part of that is because it pays the bills. M [...]


    22. This is a special hardcover edition by Cemetery Dance of this never-before-published novella by King. Now, normally I really enjoy King's short works. This wasn't my favorite, though, and I think it's simply because of the subject matter - baseball. Not a sport I personally play or enjoy.The style is nice, though, with the former equipment manager of the New Jersey Titans narrating to "Mr. King" as if King is a reporter. George Grantham ("Granny" to the players) has seen a lot in his time, but n [...]


    23. William "Blockade Billy" Blakely only played the Major League for a month or so, but he just might have been the greatest baseball player the game has ever had. So why haven't you heard of him? Sitcher self down, Constant Reader, and let ol' Stevie tell ya the story!I'll admit, I haven't read much by King--The Stand, Dark Tower, Under the Dome, one or two others--so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I figured THE THING that got Blockade Billy erased from the record books would be something mor [...]


    24. Es bueno. No es una obra maestra, tan solo es bueno.Mucho suspenso, eso si. Mi historia favorita de las dos, fue Moralidad. (view spoiler)[ Ese acto de maldad que transforma a Nora en una perra sádica, me encanta. Creo que puede pasarle a cualquiera, que si al ser humano le das la oportunidad de actuar con maldad, la tomará y la explotará. Sobretodo si es una persona muy moral. No lo sé, es algo que tenemos los humanos, esa maldad latente que a veces nunca aflora.(hide spoiler)]Me gustan tan [...]



    25. Just finished this, in King's collection, BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS (I do actually own it, too; it's been sitting on my shelf forever). Really enjoyed it. Not anything too tricky, here, one of those kinds of reveals you sort of expect, but still classic King, with that easy-to-read, flowing style. I'm not a baseball fan and didn't play baseball, but I love the idea of mixing sports with genre fiction, and want to do something more along these lines with basketball, someday. Anyway, again - there's no [...]


    26. When you're as big a name as Stephen King, you could pretty much publish a grocery list and people would snap it up. But part of that is because he's earned the trust of his readers, so that when he decides to push the limits or do something different, readers will follow him and give whatever experiment he's trying a fair chance.Those experiments have given us some enjoyable reads and some interesting entries in the Stephen King library."Blockade Billy" is another noble experiment by King. Rele [...]


    27. This was a nice treat. Two stories in one small volume that's easy to tote around. Not that you need to tote much, as it won't take long at all to finish it. But King almost always delivers, and he does so here once more."Blockade Billy" is a delightful little tale about baseball, told to Mr. King by an old baseball manager in a retirement home. It's about one player at least, and the events surrounding his playing career. King hits a home run here. There is a lot of baseball talk and game descr [...]


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