This expanded edition features the best-loved short stories from the 20th century as well as new tales from some of the 21st centuryâ€™s most iconic names in fiction.Â No other sport has inspired as many great writers as baseball has, and this exceptional anthology brings together 34 short stories about the nationâ€™s favorite pastime. The stories span several decades and are written by some of Americaâ€™s favorite writers, including Zane Grey, James Thurber, Robert Penn Warren, T. Coraghessan Boyle, and Michael Chabon, among others. Many of the stories are about the game itself, while others use baseball as a backdrop for timeless themes, such as morality, greed, and love. Eight new stories have been added to this expanded edition and include â€śBullet in the Brainâ€ť by Tobias Wolff, in which baseball is the surprising last memory of a dying man; George Plimptonâ€™s â€śThe Curious Case of Sidd Finch,â€ť a fictional story about a baseball player who throws a 150-mph fastball that was a notorious April Foolsâ€™ Day hoax in Sports Illustrated; and Leslie Pietrzykâ€™s â€śWhat We All Want,â€ť about a pitcherâ€™s wifeâ€™s concern for her aging husband. This collection is for all baseball loversâ€”long after the season is over.