FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Fairfield’s Pat Jordan!
Jordan, who grew up in Fairfield, turns 73 on Tuesday. The pitcher, author and sportswriter was born April 22, 1941, in Bridgeport.
He became a highly pursued baseball pitching prospect after going 17-4 over three seasons for the Fairfield Prep Jesuits. On July 9, 1959, after being pursued by over 15 major league baseball organizations, he signed with the Milwaukee Braves. He reported to the McCook Braves of the Nebraska State League, where he played alongside teammates and future Major Leaguers Phil Niekro and Joe Torre.
He is also the acclaimed author of "A False Spring," a bittersweet memoir about his minor league baseball career, which is ranked No. 37 on Sports Illustrated's "Top 100 Sports Books of All Time." Time Magazine called it “one of the best and truest books about baseball, and about coming to maturity in America."
He is the author of 11 books and is a regular contributor to a number of prominent periodicals. His work has been included in "Best American Sports Writing" seven times, the "Best American Mystery Stories," "Best American Crime Writing," "Best American Essays" and the "Norton Anthology of World Literature."