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Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD Buy Online, Pick up in Store is currently unavailable, but this item may be available for in-store purchase. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview The Ken Ward Series relates Ken's adventures as he transition from a star high-school baseball pitcher who must face the challenges of college life to a young man in charge of a dangerous expedition in the Amazon jungle. Along the way, Ken becomes an advocate for responsible logging and then, somewhat paradoxically, hunts mountain lions in the Grand Canyon.
But as a freshman at Wayne University, Ken quickly discovers he's a nobody who's treated like dirt by upperclassmen. The Young Forester follows Ken in his quest to become a forest ranger. In The Young Lion Hunter , we find our young friend heading west to catch mountain lions—by roping them! Ken Ward in the Jungle tells the story of Ken and his brother, Hal heading south of the border, into the steaming jungles of Mexico. It features the obscure Newark Colts on May 20, , when Grey was a regular player.
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I believe that the man running to first base at the eight-second mark of the film may be Grey himself; you be the judge. After setting up his dentistry practice in New York City in , Grey continued to play on weekends for the powerhouse Orange Athletic Club of Orange, New Jersey, a semipro outfit that played Sunday exhibitions against big-league clubs — like the Cardinals, Giants, Reds, and Senators — and barnstorming black clubs like the Cuban Giants and the Cuban X-Giants, frequently defeating them.
It is a conventional tale, conventionally told in the pluck-and-luck format of the Horatio Alger and Frank Merriwell series. The prose style may have its detractors, but what commends The Young Pitcher to our attention is that it does bear the hallmark of a Zane Grey book: it tells a good story. It also offers a fascinating glimpse of how different the old game of baseball was, with its reliance upon the bunt and choked-bat hitting, its now strange rules variations, and its wide-eyed wonder at such commonplace mysteries as the curveball.
In addition, the novel provides a rich and atmospheric backdrop of university life at the turn of the century, not so much different from that of today in its class warfare, neo-tribal rituals, and obsession with sport. That was the story of his own twisty path to success, as Grey came to see it. His years at Penn, and the baseball writing that followed, were crucial to his development as a writer and as a man. Sign in. Get started. Origins MLB. Years ago, I took a serious approach to a silly book.
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