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The greatest game

PotomacBob

I read, decades ago, a sci-fi/baseball story (probably a short story), imagining all the baseball greats who had ever lived gathering in heaven (not Iowa) for a baseball game.
I don't really remember who was on which side or whether God was a participant (though I believe he/she was at least an observer). I do remember that after playing many innings, they called off the game because at the end of every inning the game was always tied.
The subject line ("The greatest game") is probably NOT the name of the story, since I made it up.
Anybody remember the name of the story and/or the author?

StarFleet Carl

@PotomacBob

Found a couple of regular stories - Jesus at the Bat (was nominated for a Nebula Award), and Ted Williams Storms the Gates of Heaven - that might fit that bill. The second one was included in a book of stories by W.P. Kinsella ... yeah, that one, which is why it might fit.

Replies:   PotomacBob
PotomacBob

@StarFleet Carl

Right up front, let me admit to being an inept searcher. I've been through every W.P. Kinsella collection I could find on amazon, goodreads, e-bay and AbeBooks, and I've been unable to confirm for sure that either of those stories you mentioned was contained in any of those collections. Most of the squibs don't list the stories contained within the book. Amazon does, but couldn't find the stories in any of the lists. I suspect you are correct that the "Ted Williams Storms the Gate of Heaven" is likely the story I seek. I did find it mentioned - but not a confirmation that the story was in one of the collections I could buy.

Replies:   StarFleet Carl
StarFleet Carl

@PotomacBob

searcher


https://www.sfsite.com/~silverag/baseball.html

Louis Phillips, "Ted Williams Storms the Gates of Heaven," Baseball Fantastic, edited by W.P. Kinsella. Quarry Press, 2000

Replies:   Sparky-1953  PotomacBob
Sparky-1953

@StarFleet Carl

Slightly Off Topic: The greatest road trip ever. True story: a small college from the Tennessee hill country went on a football road trip just over a hundred years ago. Travelling by train they played something like 7 games in 10 days. From Georgia to Texas. All powerhouse schools; Auburn, LSU, Texas, etc. Only one team even scored on the. George Heisman's Auburn scored a single touchdown.

Replies:   PotomacBob
PotomacBob

@Sparky-1953

What's the name of the "small college from the Tennessee hill country"?

Replies:   Remus2
PotomacBob

@StarFleet Carl

Alas. I bought the Baseball Fantastic dead-tree book, and found "Ted Williams Storms the Gates of Heaven" by Louis Phillips. It is not the story I seek. I'll read it and some of the other stories in the collection, but not one of them on a quick glance-through, appears to be the story. I appreciate your suggestion. Thank you very much.
Any other suggestions? Anybody?

Remus2
Updated:

@PotomacBob


What's the name of the "small college from the Tennessee hill country"?


http://www.sewanee.edu/

Sewanee no longer has a program worth much, but they were instrumental in the initiation of the Southeastern Conference a bit over a century ago.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sewanee_Tigers_football

Replies:   Sparky-1953  PotomacBob
Sparky-1953

@Remus2

More accuracy. It was 1899. They played a 12 game season when most schools only played 5 or 6. Their season record was 12-0 with 11 shut-outs and a scoring total of 322-10. Auburn was the only team to score. The road trip was actually 5 games in 6 days. They played Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Tulane, and Mississippi. The cumulative score was 91-0. Each half was 35 consecutive minutes with no substitution. They played both ways, offense and defense and stayed in even if injured. Oh, and football didn't allow passing then, it was all running the ball. No helmets and only quilted uniforms without pads. Tough enough?

Replies:   Remus2  PotomacBob
Remus2

@Sparky-1953

All he asked for was the name. The specifics can be found in the links provided.

PotomacBob

@Sparky-1953

I think I remember reading about that when I was a boy in a football book by writer Bill Stern. What I don't remember is the name of the school being Sewanee. I thought he called it something else - maybe College of the South or something like that.

Replies:   Sparky-1953
PotomacBob

@Remus2

Thank you very much. I remember a controversy over the Heisman Trophy (awarded by a New York outfit) in the mid 1950s, in which the son of the coach at Sewanee (who played, I think, for Tennessee) was a candidate along with a player from Notre Dame. At the time, the board that made the selection was dominated by people from the Northeastern U.S. Many thought the Tennessee guy (named Majors, I think) should have gotten the trophy, but it went to the Notre Dame guy. There was such a stink about it that the Heisman Trophy people re-did their selection board making it more geographically balanced.

Replies:   Remus2
Sparky-1953

@PotomacBob

Yes, at times it also goes by the name University of the South. This has to due with the concept of it's original founding before the Civil War.

Remus2

@PotomacBob

I don't wish to make myself sound as if I know college football history. I learned some via osmosis from attending some courses at Sewanee. At the time, they had an agreement with UT/UTSI to cover some of the engineering students working internships at the Arnold AFB facilities.
I think I learned more about paranoia than anything else though. Cold war mentality was in full force during my time there.

PotomacBob

@PotomacBob

Story found, thanks to a DM tip from Limab, I found the book, ordered it, and confirmed the story. The name of the story is "The Heavenly World Series," (1952), by Frank O'Rourke. It was a short story in a dead-tree book of the same name. I believe the book was re-published in this century.

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