The Conman ... a Baseball Odyssey

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1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s,20th Century (multiple decades)

Mike Murphey

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During a 16-year baseball career, Conor Nash avoided the trap of alcohol and drugs. His drug was baseball. And what can an addict do when he realizes he will never be that high again? He climbs Camelback Mountain with a bottle of champagne and seeks an answer: Who is Conor Nash, if he can’t pitch?



Short Summary

Conor Nash, carrying a bottle of champagne, climbs Camelback Mountain in Phoenix to confront his "baseball angel" seeking accountability for a career-ending injury after finally reaching the Major Leagues following 16 years of releases along the way.

Drunk and alone in desert darkness, Conor is confronted by the vision of a best friend who committed suicide. The vision helps Conor realize his anger is driving a wedge by Conor and his wife, Kate, who has been with him every step of his baseball journey.


Phoenix, Seattle, Tokyo, San Francisco

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Conor Nash

Age: Follows Conor from seven years old to his 40's

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Underdog,Masculine,Outspoken,Funny,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Kate Nash

Age: Teenager through her 40's

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Confident,Empathetic,Faithful,Honorable,Sexy,Religious,Outspoken,Romantic,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Brad

Age: Teenager through his 40's

Gender: Lgbt

Role: logical

Key Traits: Charming,Empathetic,Gracious,Educated,Honorable,Insecure,Selfless,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: A.J.

Age: Teenager through 40's

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Masculine,Outspoken

Development Pitch

The Conman is a funny and poignant story about the price of single-minded purpose. Over a sixteen-year professional baseball career, Conor Nash persevered through failure, disappointment, petty vendettas, betrayal and a crippling psychological malady called the yips. At last, after earning a precious nine months in the Majors when he is a decade too old, he finally confronts an obstacle he cannot overcome. During the months following a career-ending injury, he becomes bitter and withdrawn, threating relationships with his wife and a group of life-long friends who have supported his career through all the peaks and valleys. The story is rich in baseball history and accurately depicts the brutal struggle and petty politics of the minor leagues.

About The Author

Mike Murphey is a native of eastern New Mexico and spent almost thirty years as an award-winning newspaper journalist in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. Following his retirement from the newspaper business, he and his wife Nancy entered in a seventeen-year partnership with the late Dave Henderson, all-star centerfielder for the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners. Mike loves fiction, cats, baseball and sailing. He splits his time between Spokane, Washington, and Phoenix, Arizona, where he enjoys life as a writer and old-man baseball player. The Conman is based on the Life of Keith Comstock. Keith pitched professionally for sixteen years, including Major League time with The Seattle Mariners, the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants and the Minnesota Twins. Following his retirement in 1992, Keith has held minor league coaching and managing positions with several organizations. For the past decade he has served as the rehabilitation instructor for the Texas Rangers.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Acorn Publishing, LLC

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available







Connor is contemplating his life on a mountain top with an old bottle of champagne. He spent his childhood dreaming of pitching in the major leagues without any thought for a back up plan. Connor goes over his 16 year career, trying to figure out his next move.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The story is relatable because Connor is facing a change in his life. He saw himself as a baseball player, it is all he ever wanted in life. Now he is facing a change and is having difficulties reconciling with it.

Possible Drawbacks

The book focuses on baseball to the extinct that would attract a real baseball fan. As someone with a minimal knowledge or interest in the sport, there were many uninteresting parts. The story could have been more condensed. Connor seems to relive every moment of his baseball career as well as personal experiences. The personal experiences serve the story better than all of his sports experiences.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Connor is having a "mountain top" moment as his baseball playing career comes to an end. He relives his 16 year career while reconciling the fact that change has come. I would watch this movie for the human aspect. He is a flawed human being who struggles to see himself in a different way.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase considering the popularity of American baseball. It does limit itself because the story is so focused on the sport that it might alienate certain audiences.

Awards Potential

This could have awards potential. Connor's character faces his inner self which could be played well by a great actor. The plot is not very exciting or unique.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is original because it displays Connor Nash's specific experiences. Outside of that, it is much like an sports movie. Sports films have been done many times over, there is not much room left for a unique spin.

Lead Characters

The lead character is very relatable. He was not a baseball prodigy. He was good enough and he worked hard at his dreams. Connor is everyone who does the best they can, not giving up on his dreams despite what everyone else told him.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an average story. It could be improved by focusing on the personal side of Connor's life. The baseball jargon will be lost on mainstream audiences.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio

Analyst Recommendation



This book is a consider because it is an inspiring story of a normal person reconciling with the choices they've made. Connor went for his dreams to be a pitcher in the major leagues. He has many ups and downs but he stuck with it. Now he must decide who he is now that his identity is changing. He is not a baseball player anymore. What now? It is a very human story but not very different from others already portrayed.