To celebrate the start of Major League Baseball season, here are a few novels that have a baseball theme:
Calico Joe by John Grisham Follows the divergent paths of a rookie hitter for the Chicago Cubs and a hard-hitting Mets pitcher.
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big-league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys–best friends–are playing in a Little League baseball game in New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills his best friend’s mother. Owen Meany believes he didn’t hit the ball by accident. What happens to Owen after 1953 is extraordinary and terrifying.
The Natural by Bernard Malamud This sports novel follows the career of baseball player Roy Hobbs, a natural with a bat whose dreams of playing in the big leagues are deferred by a youthful indiscretion, but who finally becomes a hero.
The Chosen by Chaim Potok A baseball injury precipitates a friendship between two boys from Hasidic and Zionist families.
The Great American Novel by Philip Roth A third major baseball league tries to survive, but World War II decimates it by 1943.
The Might Have Been by Joseph M. Schuster Hoping to achieve a lifelong goal when he is called up to the major leagues after ten years in the minors, Edward Everett Yates makes a risky play that results in a devastating injury and is unable to pursue a life without baseball as the years progress.
– posted by Lisa J., Readers’ Services