Guide to Baseball Short Stories: T
- Tarson, Ruth. "The Natural, the Movie About Robert Redford, and God, and Baseball, and What if the World Were Flat." Aethlon 14.2 (Spring 1997): 17-20. Wonderful incantatory piece of associations touched off by viewing the film; prose poetry of a kind all its own in baseball literature.
- Tan, Cecilia. "Bambino Road, Chapter One." In Pachter. Several characters – a woman, her boyfriend, the son he hasn't seen in a while, and a minor-league ballplayer – converge on Fenway Park.
The first chapter of a planned novel. The characters are intriguing and well-drawn, so one hopes that the theme of the "Curse" so prominent in the book hasn't been entirely mooted by the Red Sox' victories of 2004 and 2007.
- Tan, Cecilia. "Pitchers and Catchers Report." In Further Fenway Fiction. Repr. (as "Pitchers and Catchers") in Wilber. Aided by Roger Clemens, a rookie catcher tries some springtime pitching.
Agreeable yarn, much in the vein of decades-earlier pulp fiction about unsuspected newbie talents, though with an understated, wry ending that is not from the pulp repertoire.
- Tavárez, Sandra. "Sacrifice." In Cluster. A woman can't accept her boyfriend's fondness for baseball – and then he takes her to a crucial playoff game.
- Thurber, James. "The Tree on the Diamond." In The Thurber Album (1952). Repr. Bowering. Nostalgic sketch about a team of school-for-the-blind employees unbeatable on their crazy home field.
Reflective and restrained; not badly done. Interesting for its time in having as a central character a black coach of a mostly-white team.
- Thurber, James. "You Could Look It Up." In My World--And Welcome To It (New York: Harcourt, 1942). Repr. Holtzman, Lewis, Staudohar. A retired big league trainer tells the story of a slumping ballclub that turns, in desperation, to a midget pinch-hitter.
Not in the best of taste and told in a forced vernacular, this story can nevertheless lay claim to having anticipated Eddie Gaedel, the real-life midget pinch-hitter, by nearly ten years.
- Todd, Samuel. "The Professor and the Strikeout King." Slow Trains 7.2 (2007). Youth-leaguer can't see to hit out of his new glasses, so remakes himself as a crafty pitcher.
Imagination, as always in baseball, is 90% of the contest.
- Tolnay, Tom. "A Rookie Southpaw, With Talent." Saturday Evening Post (October 1983). Repr. Bjarkman. The manager of an impossibly decrepit minor-league club finds a raw pitcher who effortlessly wins his debut.
Depends on a parodic overuse of baseball cliches.
- Torres, Steven. "Doubleplay." Aethlon 18.2 (Spring 2001): 143-149. A retired catcher, now scouting, agrees to help a retired star pitcher find his stuff in hopes of a comeback.
Effective story, told mostly in dialogue.
- Tracey, Grant. "Ossining, 1918." Aethlon 30.2 (Spring/Summer 2013): 77-83. The young Jim Cagney experiences some Joycean epiphanies, and a fistfight, during a ballgame against convicts.
- Turner, Richard. "A Cup of Kindness." Aethlon 10.1 (Fall 1992): 53-59. A high-school shortstop suffers through one of the most miserable victories ever narrated, beset and assailed by teammates and opponents alike.
- Turtledove, Harry. "The House That George Built." Tor.com (2009). Repr. Wilber. In an alternative 1940s, a thirsty H.L. Mencken visits a bar tended by former Orioles star George Ruth.
Pleasantly done "counterfactual."