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All the Stars Came Out That Night
by Kevin King
The date was October 20, 1934. The place was Boston's Fenway Park. The money behind it was Henry Ford's, who yearned to see an all-white (and non-Jewish) team defeat the black all-stars. And the force behind it all was Clarence Darrow, the legal genius who pulled the political levers to make it happen. No trophies or championships were on the line, only the two most important things in life to any ballplayer--respect and redemption.
by Stephen King
This is the story of fictional baseball player William "Blockade Billy" Blakely. He may have been the greatest player of all time, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first and only player to have his existence completely erased from the record books. Blockade Billy was ostracized because he had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse.
by Robert B. Parker
It is 1947, the year Jackie Robinson breaks major-league baseball's color barrier by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Joseph Burke, a veteran of World War II and a survivor of Guadalcanal, is hired by the Dodgers to guard Robinson. While Burke shadows Robinson, the bodyguard must also face some hard truths of his own.
by Frank Deford
After years of struggling as a baseball player, Howie Traveler has finally made it to the majors as manager of the Cleveland Indians. The team, however, is struggling, and things get even worse when the team's star player is accused of rape.
The Legend of Mickey Tussler
by Frank Nappi
After seventeen-year-old Mickey Tussler is recruited to play for a minor league affiliate of the Boston Braves, some insist Mickey has the greatest arm he has ever seen, that anybody has ever seen. But Mickey has autism, and it keeps him sealed off from the world. Can he fulfill his dream? Or are the harsh realities of life too much for him?
by Bernard Malamud
Roy Hobbs, an athlete born with rare and wondrous gifts, is robbed of his prime playing years by a youthful indiscretion that nearly costs him his life. But at an age when most players are considering retirement, Roy reenters the game, lifting the lowly New York Knights from last place into pennant contention. Now all he has to worry about is the fixers, the boss, the slump, the jinx, the fans...