hobart logo

Showing results for Baseball

Dispatches from the Treehouse: Cakes and Cats  photo
May 27, 2022 | Dispatches from the Treehouse

Dispatches from the Treehouse: Cakes and Cats 

Joseph Horton

He’s from Modesto, which is clear without him telling everyone in his row and ours that he’s from Modesto. “Takes me only an hour to get here…because let’s just say…I don’t always drive the speed limit,” he says...

But Then Comes April photo
April 29, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

But Then Comes April

Daniel Joseph

For the better part of every year I try like heck to be a better person. Nicer. More caring. This year I’ve taken up breathing. I breathe in and I breathe out each day. Last year I learned to put less

Unwritten Rules photo
April 28, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Unwritten Rules

Joe Bohlinger

Rome was good. Sat ninety in the summers. Leaned on his off speed when the weather got cold. Postseason, most of the district had seen him by then, we took advantage of teams whose scouts said he was

Best Ever Battery photo
April 27, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Best Ever Battery

Anna Reser

I played left field for the Tularosa Middle School Tarantulas girl’s team. I was long and brittle, like a cactus spine. Or a splinter. And I was afraid of the baseball. I batted .083 that summer and

Work photo
April 26, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction


Michael Harper

I pick up Henry after work and we drive 65 miles to the first game of Colin’s fall AAU league. It costs enough, but college is looming and some short-term discomfort for the chance at a scholarship is

Spring Training photo
April 25, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Spring Training

j. taylor bell

i'm in love with the thousand yard stare
deeply towards the worn fold
of the catcher's glove

Ode to the Mariners photo
April 22, 2022 | BASEBALL

Ode to the Mariners

Allie Levy

The bartender, we start sleeping together because he likes that I know all about the tragedy of his Seattle Mariners.

One night I wait for him to get off work with two double vodka sodas at the

Baseball: A Numbers Game photo
April 21, 2022 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Baseball: A Numbers Game

Bruce Harris

In 1964, I was a college freshman. Someone, I don’t pretend to know who, researched offensive statistics for all Little Leaguers in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area. The unknown

Slap photo
April 20, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction


Sarp Sozdinler

I was about to witness Kershaw’s first career no-hitter on TV when pieces of meat started to pour from the skies and slap the ground. Our house rattled as we rushed to the windows and watched the

Myth of Extra Innings photo
April 19, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Myth of Extra Innings

Tim Neil

I pause from scraping frost
off the car, and watch my gray
emissions wisp away

into the chill. I miss strict
seasons, and knowing
what to wear. Last week, it was 72.

When will summer

Romance & Acronyms photo
April 18, 2022 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Romance & Acronyms

Katie Schwarz

One of us liked the giant head races so much she got giddy when they’d appear in the left field.

One of us would buy knockoff hats on the walkway overpass, a special fondness for beanies with

Baseball Marks the Time photo
April 15, 2022 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Baseball Marks the Time

Sarah Salcedo

I was young when the Bash Brothers ruled the East Bay. So young that in our classroom, we treated the 6.9 earthquake that struck minutes before Game 3 of the 1989 World Series like another part of

Cold-Weather Home Opener photo
April 14, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Cold-Weather Home Opener

Mike Prask

The world and weather are telling us they’re not ready for baseball, but I choose not to believe that. It’s too cold to call this rain, but too wet to classify it as sleet. I’m prepared for the chill

2 Poems photo
April 13, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

2 Poems

Mike Andrelczyk

A Hopeful Young Man on a Job Interview

I’m broke and eating chocolate ice cream out of a novelty helmet
I’m sweating because I’m wearing a sweater in the heat
to cover up the insane poison ivy on

Balk/Change Up/Intentional Walk/Rehab Assignment/The Off Day photo
April 12, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Balk/Change Up/Intentional Walk/Rehab Assignment/The Off Day

John Walser

Just that instant
when thinking becomes
too much

In the Books photo
April 11, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

In the Books

Travis Price

Two things are clear to Ava: It’s time to end things with Nico, and Thad Worley might not make it out of the first inning.

He’s next to her in the left field bleachers chewing on a hang nail and

The Tragedy of Mickey Mantle photo
April 8, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

The Tragedy of Mickey Mantle

Michael Juliani

             What happened to me
is probably less interesting...

Guy Just Loves to Play photo
April 7, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Guy Just Loves to Play

Ken Derry

I was cruising through the lineup, 6-0, decimating my neighbors in our annual July Fourth softball tournament when a pinch hitter came to the plate. It took a minute — two pitches, actually — to place

Nostalgia Sells photo
April 6, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

Nostalgia Sells

Chris Pellizzari


Drive-in movie theater, Merrillville, Indiana, 1989

Field of Dreams on a screen bigger than every building in Merrillville,  

my brother and I eating chocolate sundaes from mini Dairy Queen

The Bat photo
April 5, 2022 | BASEBALL, Fiction

The Bat

Emily Ziffer

The bat was a gift from her father. It was a souvenir bat, one-of-a-kind. “This bat,” said her father, “is more than just a bat. It is a special bat, a valuable bat. It is not to be used. It is not to

2 Poems photo
April 4, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

2 Poems

Mitchell Nobis

Kid Glove

            he says motioning a throw.
            We head to the front yard,
            toss it back & forth.
            The ball smacks our gloves—

2 Poems photo
April 1, 2022 | BASEBALL, Poetry

2 Poems

Devin Kelly

In Praise of Hands

I miss hands. I miss their flimsy, awkward quality –

the way one looks when offered while still searching

for a reason. I miss being young, lining up after the

Dispatches from the Treehouse: Grind That Wave  photo
November 26, 2021 | Dispatches from the Treehouse

Dispatches from the Treehouse: Grind That Wave 

Joseph Horton

I’ve been told by plenty of people in this first year of parenthood that having a child is like having your heart outside your body. This always sounds to me like a horcrux.

Dispatches from the Treehouse: Rooting for Oakland  photo
July 15, 2021 | Nonfiction, Dispatches from the Treehouse

Dispatches from the Treehouse: Rooting for Oakland 

Joseph Horton

It’s all about the timing


It’s as simple and invasive as a chime on my phone. A banner news alert, which, for most people, involves elections and wars and natural disasters and celebrity

Bonding at Home Base photo
April 30, 2021 | BASEBALL, Nonfiction

Bonding at Home Base

Sally Simon

Come late spring, my dad turned into a man I didn’t recognize. Normally a quiet man who spent his free hours taking a nap on the couch, he morphed into a talkative baseball fanatic. The Philadelphia

Recent Books

Exit, Carefully

Elizabeth Ellen

"I loved reading Exit, Carefully. It’s unusual, and in my opinion exciting, to publish a play without previously receiving a major production."

                      -Walker Caplan, Lithub


Garielle Lutz

“Lutz’s work is a marvel of the possibilities of language.  Each of her sentences is an intricately crafted thing, deeply complex yet crystalline in its clarity . . . her command of each and every word remains supreme.”     

  --Mira Braneck, The Paris Review Daily


Garielle Lutz is the author of The Complete Gary Lutz, among other books.

Her Lesser Work

Elizabeth Ellen

"[Her Lesser Work] is a collection of mordant and formally inventive stories circling themes of, let’s say, desire and escape within repressive structures."

      -Walker Caplan, Literary Hub

"Her Lesser Work is full of power and it takes risks and it's alive and real and it fixes a very sharp eye on the shit humans do to each other and themselves."

      -Lindsay Lerman, LitReactor