Picks and Pans Review: Chase the Game

updated 04/16/1979 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/16/1979 01:00AM

by Pat Jordan

Jordan is a former minor league baseball player whose chronicle of his brush with the majors, A False Spring, is one of the best books ever written by an athlete. His latest—about three tough Bridgeport, Conn, youths who grew up playing basketball together—is not of that caliber. Nor is it as memorable as the similar Foul, David Wolf's 1972 biography of ex-Phoenix Sun star Connie Hawkins. But there is poignancy in the disappointments that embittered the black member of the trio, Walter Luckett, a great high school player whose game later deteriorated. Neither of the other two, Frank Oleynick (who made the pros but lasted only two seasons) and Barry McLeod, profited ultimately from basketball either. "Walter would be a better person without basketball," McLeod says. "Maybe we all would." (Dodd, Mead, $8.95)

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