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No other sport has inspired as many great writers as baseball and this exceptional anthology brings together 37 short stories about the national pastime. The stories span several decades and are written by some of America's favorite writers, including Zane Grey, James Thurber, Robert Penn Warren, T. C. Boyle, and Michael Chabon, among others. Many of the stories are about the game itself, while others use baseball as a backdrop for timeless themes, such as morality, greed, and love. Nine new stories have been added for this new edition and include "Bullet in the Brain" by Tobias Wolff in which baseball is the surprising last memory of a dying man; George Plimpton's "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch," a story about a fictional baseball player who throws a 150-mph fastball and was a notorious April Fools' Day hoax in Sports Illustrated; and Leslie Pietrzyk's "What We All Want" about a pitcher's wife's concern for her aging husband. This collection is for all baseball lovers--long after the season is over.
Paul D. Staudohar is the editor of 10 anthologies of short stories including Best Dog Stories, Fishing’s Best Short Stories, Football’s Best Short Stories, Golf’s Best Short Stories, Hunting’s Best Short Stories, and Murder Short and Sweet. He lives in Lafayette, California.
Table of Contents
|Preface to the Expanded Edition||p. ix|
|Preface to the Original Edition||p. xi|
|Casey at the Bat||p. 1|
|Casey at the Bat||p. 5|
|The Thrill of the Grass||p. 33|
|The Rube's Waterloo||p. 43|
|Alibi Ike||p. 55|
|Three New Twins Join Club in Spring||p. 73|
|A Family Game||p. 77|
|Goodwood Comes Back||p. 99|
|The Rookie||p. 109|
|The Crab||p. 123|
|Baseball in April||p. 139|
|You Could Look It Up||p. 147|
|One Throw||p. 171|
|A Game of Catch||p. 177|
|A Pitcher Grows Tired||p. 183|
|Baseball Hattie||p. 189|
|Bullet in the Brain||p. 201|
|The Master's Touch||p. 207|
|What Did We Do Wrong?||p. 223|
|Fielder's Choice||p. 255|
|Brooklyns Lose||p. 261|
|The Pitcher and the Plutocrat||p. 269|
|Gandhi at the Bat||p. 281|
|The Curious Case of Sidd Finch||p. 287|
|The Crambury Tiger||p. 333|
|What We All Want||p. 343|
|Who's on First?||p. 361|
|Death of a Right Fielder||p. 391|
|The Umpire Was a Rookie||p. 395|
|The Hector Quesadilla Story||p. 409|
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