Q&A: James Bailey’s New Novel Looks At The Durham Bulls
James Bailey's new novel, "The Greatest Show on Dirt," is packed with fascinating details on life in the old D.A.P. Those were the heady years after the film "Bull Durham" made the park a destination for baseball fans, and before the team moved to its new upscale digs. The novel depicts one crazy summer in the life of Lane Hamilton, an N.C. State grad who takes a job with the Bulls after getting fired from his going-nowhere sales job at a downtown bank. Bailey, now a contributing writer for Durham-based "Baseball America" magazine and editor with a legal publishing company in Syracuse, NY, released his self-published novel earlier this spring. He recently spoke about life at the old Durham ballpark and the joys of minor league baseball.