Guide to Baseball Short Stories: L

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Mild for erotica, steamy for romance, these three stories follow a trio of women associated with a baseball club through their involvement with various ballplayers and coaches. Leto's story is called "Fever Pitch," Raye's is "The Sweet Spot," and Kelly's is "Sliding Home."

"Baseball is the opposite of clinical depression," says the narrator. "Baseball has numbers, statistics, scores, rivalries, fights, rumors, trades, drug scandals, and a hundred other things that distract you from the fact that you can't stand waking up in the morning and you genuinely don't want to live anymore."

Very interesting story about the power of radio and the imagination. Deserves another reprinting; it's little-known.