Spring training is underway, with half of the league in Arizona and the other half in Florida. March 31st serves as the season's opening day. Baseball journalism has provided some of the best sportswriting over the past century. Memorable moments on the diamond found their way into print and in newspapers across the country. Longform baseball journalism held lofty places in exalted national magazines. Over the past few years I have caught up on my baseball writing in preparation for the season. This year I have taken a different approach. Rather than peruse the limitless tomes of America's baseball writers, I have turned to fiction. Countless novelists have included America's pasttime in their work.
Some great fiction that features baseball (admittedly, some more prominently than others):
Don Delillo's Underworld
Philip Roth's The Great American Novel
W.P. Kinsella's The Iowa Baseball Confederacy
Michael Chabon's Summerland
Bernard Malamud's The Natural
Ring Lardner's Ring Around the Bases