The Des Moines Majestyks are deep in the cellar...so deep
that it seems nothing short of divine intervention could
even get them up to the ground floor. They do have one
star, Juan-Tanamera "Bueno" Aires, an ex-basketball phenom
who performs miracles at the plate and magic in the field.
Unfortunately, team owner Holden Canfield, who's struck it
rich with an Internet start-up, spent the entire team
budget on acquiring "Bueno," leaving the rest of the roster
painfully devoid of talent.
Manager Zuke Johansen has just about given up hope when an
unexpected thing happens: A scout introduces him to Marvin
Kowalski. A straight-A student, valedictorian of his high
school class, and on his way to MIT, Marvin knows little
about the rules of the game, and his pencil-thin physique
would get him laughed off a big-league diamond. But Marvin
has one brilliant skill. The ultimate "one-tool" player, he
has such a good eye that he can tell what kind of pitch is
coming almost before it leaves the pitcher's hand. And even
though he's not much of a hitter, his reflexes and
coordination are incredibly fast---so fast, in fact, that
nobody can strike him out, as Zuke Johansen quickly sees.
Marvin may not be Babe Ruth, but he has found a way to
exhaust---and utterly enrage---opposing pitchers, driving
them to distraction before he takes his inevitable base.
Faced with the prospect of leading his team to one of the
worst season records since the game was played without
gloves, Zuke is desperate enough to wonder if Marvin's
strange talent might just lift his Majestyks out of the
The Kid Who Batted 1.000 is one of those rare sports novels
that will appeal to fervent fans as well as those still
trying to figure out the infield fly rule. Generously
sprinkling his story with some of the best-loved one-liners
in the game, Troon McAllister delivers a darkly funny
behind-the-scenes look at our national pastime, cementing
his place as a major-league humorist.