Baseball

Something Real

A few years ago my friend Ben Bova, one of the most honored writers in science fiction and a very knowledgeable baseball fan, proposed that we work together on a fictional retelling of the famous baseball player and spy Moe Berg. Ben had a movie in mind and we worked up a screen treatment that prompted some interest in Hollywood. Ultimately, that came to nothing; but it did get me started thinking about Berg, one of the more interesting personalities to ever play baseball.

Field of Fantasies

  1. Rick Wilber, Introduction
  2. Stephen King and Stewart O‘Nan, “A Face in the Crowd”
  3. Karen Joy Fowler, “The Further Adventures of the Invisible Man”
  4. T. Coraghessan Boyle, “The Hector Quesadilla Story”
  5. Kim Stanley Robinson, “Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball to Mars”
  6. Jack Kerouac, “Ronnie on the Mound”
  7. Wilbur Schramm, “My Kingdom for Jones”
  8. Louise Marley, “Diamond Girls”
  9. Valerie Sayers, “How to Read a Man”
  10. Gardner Dozois, “The Hanging Curve”
  11. John Kessel, “The Franchise”

My Father’s Game

During his long baseball career, Del Wilber caught for the Red Sox, Cardinals and Phillies; managed 6 minor league teams; scouted for 4 major league clubs; and served as third base coach for the Senators. Written by his son, Rick, this elegant biographical memoir recounts Del Wilber’s life from the unique perspective of a son who grew up in major league dugouts, experienced the joys and hardships that go along with having a big-league dad, and served as his father’s family caregiver as he became terminally ill.

Rum Point

Set on the gulf coast of Florida and the Cayman Islands, this novel provides a unique blend of modern mystery thriller and baseball narrative. It tells the story of Felicity Lindsay, a small-town police officer who finds a battered murder victim on the beach. Her curiosity about the crime eventually leads Felicity and her father, the alcoholic manager of the local major-league baseball team, into a deadly confrontation with a drug cartel.

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