As a high school student back in the early 1960s, I can recall reading a book titled, “A False Spring.” It was authored by Pat Jordan, a Connecticut native and a superb teenage baseball pitcher who, according to Wikipedia, was pursued by more than 15 major league organizations in 1959. Interesting, as there were only 16 big league clubs at the time.

He signed a contract with the Milwaukee Braves, which included a $36,000 bonus, a huge sum of money at the time. A “can’t-miss” prospect, Jordan somehow missed. He labored through three miserable seasons in the minor leagues before retiring to embark on a writing career.

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