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Billy Chapel is a great pitcher reaching the end of his long career. Loyal throughout the many years to one team, a rarity in the world of baseball, he learns from a reporter the night before the last game of the season that the team's new owners have decided to trade him. His team is not in contention, but their opponent is the dreaded Yankees, who are playing for their pennant victory. Chapel considers retiring then and there, but has such affection for the game that he cannot leave just yet. Despite bitter disappointment at what the game has become, he will go out and pitch...one more game.
He dreams of retiring to the serenity of the Colorado mountains with a woman he had grown close to over the past few years. But she has suddenly disappeared, at a time when he needs someone to ease the turmoil of the closing of his career. So as he pitches the final game, his mind closes down, and he focuses on each pitch, each man he faces, and drifts away between innings to his own deeply private world. As the game progresses, and his teammates know to leave him quietly alone, Chapel is only partially aware that what is happening on the field is extraordinary indeed. He is pitching a perfect game.
Now a major motion picture, starring Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston, For Love of the Game is a fitting capstone to Michael Shaara's legacy as an accomplished author — this is his final published work.
Basis for the motion picture starring Kevin Costner
"Moving, beautiful..If Hemingway had written a baseball novel, he might have written For Love of the Game."
"A delightful and lyrical story about a great athlete's momentous last game... A fairy tale for adults about love and loneliness and finally growing up."
"An endearing, timeless novel that can be enjoyed by both serious readers and baseball lovers for generations to come."
"Touching...This is a beautiful novel that delves into the psyche of an adult man who still has a lot of growing up to do."
"This is a sweet, deft story of love and loneliness, about a man who loved the loneliness of the pitcher's mound. Michael Shaara shows that loving the game can be, it seems, an apprenticeship for others loves."
"In Billy Chapel, Michael Shaara has created the most memorable character in recent sports fiction."
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