Michael Angelo Avallone (October 27, 1924 – February 26, 1999) was a prolific American author of mystery, secret agent fiction, and novelizations of TV and films. His lifetime output was over 223 works (although he boasted over 1,000), published under his own name and 17 pseudonyms.
AW, LET THE KID HIT
When you feel like going soft on a rookie batsman—even with an eleven-run spread in your favor—better figure first how to explain it to your dutiful, hot-blooded catcher.
The scouts’ reports on Trimble were always the same: “Could be another Dean, only he blows up at the least bad break.” But the Hawks were desperate for a seasoned moundsman . . .
POWER THE BALL PLATEWARD
An umpire gets talked to in all kinds of ways—but this Leander fellow was something new!