where some of the action in
Calico Joe takes place
Paul, as an adult, narrates the story which switches back and forth between the summer of 1973 and the present day. Warren is a bully and not all that great a father or a pitcher. Paul loves baseball; hates his father. Joe loves baseball and is quite a sensation but has to deal with the resentment and jealousy of his opponents. Baseball is baseball.
All these characters meet on the diamond of life (ouch) in these 200 pages. No surprises.