Bang the Drum Slowly

Recommended by Michael Carlson, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #83 in Baseball

Henry Wiggen, hero of The Southpaw and the best-known fictional baseball player in America, is back again, throwing a baseball “with his arm and his brain and his memory and his bluff for the sake of his pocket and his family.” More than a novel about baseball, Bang the Drum Slowly is about the friendship and the lives of a group of men as they each learn that a teammate is dying of cancer.
Bang the Drum Slowly was chosen as one of the top one hundred sports books of all time by Sports Illustrated and appears on numerous other lists of best...

Reviews and Recommendations

We've comprehensively compiled reviews of Bang the Drum Slowly from the world's leading experts.

Michael Carlson Mark Harris wrote four books where the main narrator is Henry Wiggin. The first one was called The Southpaw because he is a left-handed pitcher, who are baseball’s oddballs. It’s no coincidence the lefty’s signature pitch is called a screwball. Bang the Drum Slowly, which I think is his best book, is the second in the series. The first three were written in the fifties, and then he came back in 1979 with a book called It Looked Like Forever, in which the ageing Wiggin can’t throw as fast anymore, a metaphor for ageing. (Source)

Similar Books

If you like Bang the Drum Slowly, check out these similar top-rated books:

Learn: What makes Shortform summaries the best in the world?