June 04, 2007

The drum is silent

Mark Harris has died.

“Bang the Drum Slowly” (1956) was the second of Mr. Harris’s tetralogy of baseball novels, following “The Southpaw” (1953). The others were “A Ticket for a Seamstitch” (1957) and “It Looked Like For Ever” (1979).

Harris and Malamud made it acceptable to use baseball as a setting for serious adult fiction.

I'll have to re-read the books. "Bang the Drum Slowly" was made into a movie with Robert DeNiro as the dying Pearson and Michael Moriarty as Wiggen. It's worth renting.

Posted by Linkmeister at June 4, 2007 10:45 AM | TrackBack

For my money, The Southpaw is by far the best of the Henry Wiggen books. It's probably too sweeping for a good movie ... something that couldn't be said about Bang The Drum Slowly.

I never got to meet Harris. In fact, I'm not certain he was still a member of SABR in recent years. If he was, the diligent office staff has already removed him from the member rolls, as they do whenever a member passes on.

Posted by: N in Seattle at June 4, 2007 01:08 PM