The Natural

$34.00
The New York Times’ 1952 review of The Natural trumpeted the long-awaited arrival of “the serious novel about baseball” and seemed relieved that “if the author does not come from the ranks of baseball reporters, at least he hails from Brooklyn.” Malamud’s borough-honed ear and lyrical prose proved equal to the task of capturing the rhythms and logic of the game and the flavor of its characters. His hero, Roy Hobbs, as The Times put it is: “hurt badly by his first love, recovering late for his profession, almost achieving greatness…” But ultimately, The Natural’s grand baseball mythmaking has proved even more enduring than it’s tragic arc. At bat early in the book, Hobbs sends a drive towards the mound. As the pitcher picks up the ball, he finds “to his horror that he held only the cover. The rest of it, unraveling cotton thread as it rode, was headed into the outfield.” This .796 Collection t-shirt recreates the cover art from The Natural’s first edition hardback.
The 796 Collection
No Mas and Out of Print Clothing present "The 796 Collection," an ode to Dewey Decimal days and our favorite aisle in the library. Three classic first edition hardcovers made our first cut from the card catalog: Norman Mailer's The Fight, Bernard Malamud's The Natural, and Buzz Bissinger's Friday Night Lights. 10% of proceeds from the 796 collection will be donated to The Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony to honor Mailer's legacy and support emerging writers.

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