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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Leavy Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455180523
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Troubles begin for sports reporter A. B. Berkowitz when she is assigned to cover the Washington Senators, who are having a lousy season. When A. B. points out the team’s ineptitude, the players refuse to talk to her, except to attempt to gross her out as often as possible. Into this mix come the team’s televangelist owner, her hardcore editor, a two-timing boyfriend, and an aging All-Star catcher who is becoming romantic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jane Leavy’s terrific Squeeze Play will have you reeling with laughter.”

    Larry King

  • “Does baseball mythology proud…The overall effect is that of a surreal parody, with a baseball team and newsroom that Mel Brooks might have assembled, where nobody and no activity is life-size, and where sex is a metaphor for baseball: You gotta play hurt.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Squeeze Play does for baseball what Semi-Tough did for football.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • Squeeze Play will have you singing a rousing chorus of ‘Take Me Out to the Locker Room.’”

    People

  • “Jane Leavy’s Squeeze Play is the best baseball novel ever written…the funniest, raunchiest, and most compassionate baseball novel I’ve ever read.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Raunchy…authentic…this tale by a former sportswriter for the Washington Post will delight readers willing to accept a healthy dose of vulgarity with their humor, especially those who know and love the rhythms and complexities of the national pastime.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Uproarious and surprisingly touching.”

    AudioFile

  • “A funny, tender, true-to-life story of baseball, journalism, and war between the sexes.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 matteo | 12/30/2012

    " Baseball! It's absurd, it's ridiculous, it's like Bull Durham without actually having to look at Susan Sarandon! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim Chizmar | 10/15/2012

    " Look up the word MISANDRY.. This book is full of it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mo | 5/12/2011

    " Very easy read. Really slow in the beginning, but after awhile it picked up and I had no trouble finishing it in one day. I've read both biographies written by the author (and loved them), and really liked that she can write a good fiction story as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marvin | 11/26/2007

    " A trashy baseball novel with a female sportswriter as the narrator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 matteo | 3/8/2007

    " Baseball! It's absurd, it's ridiculous, it's like Bull Durham without actually having to look at Susan Sarandon! "

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About the Author

Jane Leavy is an award-winning former sportswriter and feature writer for the Washington Post. She is the author of Sandy Koufax and the comic novel Squeeze Play, called “the best novel ever written about baseball” by Entertainment Weekly. She lives in Washington, D.C.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.