The Natural | Study Guide

Bernard Malamud

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The Natural | Characters

Character Description
Roy Hobbs Roy Hobbs is a talented baseball player who returns to the game after being shot as a teenager. Read More
Memo Paris Memo Paris is the beautiful redhead Roy spends the entire novel lusting after. Read More
Pop Fisher Pop Fisher is the coach of the Knights, desperate to win a pennant before ending his baseball career. Read More
Iris Lemon Iris Lemon is the beautiful dark-haired woman who supports Roy during his slump and helps him regain his confidence. Read More
Bump Baily Bump Baily is the Knights' star player until Roy arrives and Bump dies trying to compete with him.
Judge Banner Judge Goodwill Banner is a crooked judge who fixes baseball games for his own profit.
Harriet Bird Harriet Bird is the insane woman who shoots Roy at the opening of the novel.
Red Blow Red Blow is one of the Knights' coaches who takes Roy under his wing when he joins the team and warns him about the dangers of the world (including Memo).
Doc Knobb Doc Knobb is the hypnotist whose session outrages Roy.
Lola Lola is the fortune-teller who predicts Roy will fall in love with a dark-haired woman.
Max Mercy Max Mercy is a sports journalist determined to uncover the secrets of Roy's past.
Gus Sands Gus Sands, the "ultimate bookie," is Roy's archenemy as competition for Memo's affection.
Sam Simpson Sam Simpson is the drunk scout who discovers Roy's talent when he is a teenager. He dies when Roy is trying to strike out the Whammer.
Dutch Vogelman Dutch Vogelman is the pitcher who deals the first two strikes in the final pennant game against Roy before passing out from fear.
The Whammer The Whammer is a famous baseball player modeled after Babe Ruth. On a bet, a teenaged Roy strikes him out.
Youngberry Youngberry is the youthful Pirates pitcher who strikes Roy out in the final game.
Otto P. Zipp Otto P. Zipp is the dwarf who served as mascot when Bump was around, but spends his time heckling Roy after Bump's death.
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