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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,139 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Craig Wasson, Mare Winningham Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Stephen King’s novella, Blockade Billy, is now available on audio—along with the bonus story “Morality”

Even the most diehard 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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Quotes & Awards

  • Blockade Billy works well...The narrative voice that King has conjured up for Granny Grantham [is] funny, sharply observant, and casually profane...Equally important is the lovingly detailed evocation of the game as it was played in 1957, when, with few exceptions, the players were neither celebrities nor millionaires but ‘working stiffs’ who earned, on average, $15,000 a year. Kings descriptions of these tough, hard-bitten men and the hardscrabble contests they engaged in add both a dash of nostalgia and a touch of gritty reality to this dark, absorbing portrait of a vanished era.” 

    Washington Post

  • “This novella...shines for many reasons: King’s love for baseball, his irresistible storytelling style, and the way he effortlessly pitches this story to us in the smoothest baseball lingo.” 

    USA Today

  • “A quirky baseball player with a past shrouded in secrecy is the tragic hero of this macabre tale from the dark side of the all-American sport...As King’s fiction goes, this suspenseful short is deftly executed.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Stephen King loves baseball and writes a superior novella. Both are in evidence in this unique and fascinating yarn...Narrator Craig Wasson is superb as the old coach—he sounds much like an old-time baseball announcer on the radio. The ballpark sounds and the use of real names are ideal for a ‘you are there’ sports stadium experience. As Billy, Wasson is credibly weird—he talks to himself and mysteriously hurts players during games. The climax is perfect King.”


  • “King nails the baseball argot perfectly, and he sprinkles in enough references to real-life 1950s players to have baby-boomer fans reaching for their old ball cards...For fans of fifties baseball and of baseball fiction and film, this deft pastiche makes a great way to celebrate a new season.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by C.K. Webb | 2/20/2014

    " The story 'Blockade Billy' was enjoyable and I liked the interview method King used for it. A must read for all baseball & Stephen King fans...that being said the second story 'Morality' was just OK for me I did get one good laugh out of it but it felt that it fell short as a King short bringing down my overall ranking of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Spike Pedersen | 2/18/2014

    " You know the best thing Steven King does? Write great Characters. This is the third novel I have read from King and each time he makes me love these people. And this one is no exception. The way the story is delivered, makes me want to be part of baseball and live life with my cleats on. Master storytelling at its best. I got to buy some chew before the next inning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 2/9/2014

    " An interesting tale. This is the story of Blockade Billy as told by "Granny" Grantham, former 3rd Base Coach for the Titans (a baseball team of long ago out of New Jersey) as told to "Mr. King". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Siobhan O' Sullivan | 2/8/2014

    " This book is written well, as are all Kings' books but I just wasn't that big a fan mainly because of the sport involved. I think it could have be a greater story if told from the side of "Billy". Still worth a read though! "

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