Dopey Bastid is Lou Saulino’s book sequel to “8” Center Field in New York, 1951-1957
Farmingville, N.Y. – (Release Date TBD) – Dopey Bastid is the sequel to “8” Center Field in New York, 1951- 1957, the historical fiction account of Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider, as told by three thirteen year old friends in 1957. The ‘best buds’ discuss their baseball idols as they complete a book report in their 8th grade class.
Well, the three friends are now at it again twenty years later. One of the three has become a noted sportswriter for the NY Daily News and decides to compose a sports novel. His two amigos offer their help as the recollections of dumb decisions made by players, managers, owners, and sportswriters are brought to light. The true accounts of such blunders, predominantly in baseball, football, basketball and boxing will have you scratching your head, as you laugh out loud, perhaps shed a tear, and reflect on the meaning of friendship.
Saulino has conveyed the spirit of “8” in Dopey Bastid, as the sequel commences where the original left off, and includes a description of the salient events which concluded that narrative. An intelligently written read, Dopey Bastid perfectly fuses baseball, football and other sports, while reflecting on critical game highlights, associated events and sports statistics. It is guaranteed to fascinate the sports aficionado from teenager to retiree.
The author assures his readers that the designation, “Dopey Bastid” was selected without any intent to be offensive. He has changed the spelling of the second word of the title for that reason.
“Dopey Bastid is a worthy sequel to “8”. The continuing saga of the three close friends is both amusing and heartwarming. Their descriptions of the foibles of sports personalities will entertain and enlighten even the most dedicated sports fans. The chapters on Ted Williams and on the 1960 World Series are especially terrific. Saulino has done it again.”
Joe Carriero, retired environmental engineer, hitting instructor, and author of How to Hit Slow Pitch Softball.