Guide to Baseball Short Stories: P

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My but you see the way this piece is headed well in advance. It's more an elaborated trivia question than a short story.

Germ of the novel Double Play.

A readable fantasia, one of a set of stories that connects an unlikely world leader to baseball (see also Shepard, Williamson).

Protracted and tedious, particularly by pulp standards: a serious-minded pulp fiction with almost nothing of serious interest to sustain it. There was (at least) one sequel: "The Rockspur Battery" (Sport Story 11.6 (22 May 1926): 3-50.)

Short-short story with a heart-rending twist.

A strong narrator and an offbeat arc characterize this appealing story of desire.

Well-realized in a quirky, troubling way.

An original story that deftly sidesteps themes of assimilation or father-son bonding, and avoids possible formulaic happy endings.

Well-done story, similar to Kinsella's "Dixon Cornbelt League," but with an original and appealing narrator.

Well-executed story, with memorable details.

Atmospheric and unsettling.

Superior dialogue and a keen sense of the mysteries of human behavior distinguish this exceptional short story.

Full of realistic detail, the story never generates real narrative energy, and its theme of disillusion doesn't help it up off the mat.