Baseball Fiction

Posted on July 1, 2010. Filed under: Fiction | Tags: , |

“It may sound incredible, but they seemed more interested in the ball game.”
— Wilfred Denno, Warden, Sing-Sing Prison on the reaction of death row inmates to the abolishment of capital punishment in New York in 1965.

It’s time for you to sit down in front of the fan with a box of Cracker Jack and a good baseball book!

Shoeless Joe by Kinsella, W. P.
Struggling Iowa farmer and baseball fanatic Ray Kinsella sits down with his family and reclusive novelist J.D. Salinger to watch the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and his teammates play baseball in his cornfield.

The Natural by Bernard Malamud
Years after a gun-toting paranoid woman derails his dreams of playing big league baseball, Roy Hobbs stumbles towards redemption.

Ring Around The Bases: the complete baseball stories of Ring Lardner
This absorbing Ring Lardner collection includes the notable Jack Keefe epistolary stories that constitute You Know Me Al as well as Lardner’s coverage of the infamous 1919 World Series.

Baseball’s Best Short Stories
Great writers celebrate America’s pastime in 27 stories and one unforgettable poem.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
Lost after wandering off the Appalachian Trail, 9-year-old Trisha McFarland relies on her wits, a Walkman radio, and her imagined companion, popular baseball pitcher Tom Gordon, to survive her increasingly difficult ordeal.

– posted by Rebecca Sedam

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