Does anyone know if either of these two Baseball players were real or if this story is real?

I just finished reading "Calico Joe" by John Grisham and its a story about 2 men (and the son of one of them). Warren Tracey of the Mets, and Joe Castle of the Cubs. Joe was a rookie who played 39 or so games and broke records by his amazing batting skills. Warren was a worn down player who was in... show more I just finished reading "Calico Joe" by John Grisham and its a story about 2 men (and the son of one of them). Warren Tracey of the Mets, and Joe Castle of the Cubs.

Joe was a rookie who played 39 or so games and broke records by his amazing batting skills.

Warren was a worn down player who was in his last days of playing but didnt know it.

Eventually the 2 faced each other, Joe at bat and Warren on the mound and Warren beaned Joe on the side of the head ending Castle's career and eventually his own over disgrase.

This was the 1973 season.

Does anyone know if this is at least based on a true story?
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