Guide to Baseball Novels: P
- Paisner, Daniel. A Single Happened Thing. n.p.: Relegation, 2016. Middle-aged man on the fringes of the literary world finds his life turned upside down by an encounter with a time-traveler from 19th-century baseball.
Meticulously detailed magical-realist fiction, with an expansive narrator but little dramatic conflict.
- Parker, Robert B. Double Play. New York: Putnam's, 2004. Bodyguard watches Jackie Robinson's back.
- Parker, Robert B. Mortal Stakes. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1975. Private detective Spenser is hired by the Red Sox to see whether a star pitcher is throwing games.
Excellent entry in Parker's highly-acclaimed series of detective novels.
- Perry, Thomas K. Just Joe: Baseball's Natural, as Told by His Wife. Clifton, VA: Pocol, 2007.
Highly sympathetic to Shoeless Joe Jackson, this first-person narrative fiction covers his years in baseball but emphasizes the long aftermath of the Black Sox scandal.
- Phillips, Carly. Hot Property. Don Mills, ON: HQN, 2008. Publicist helps major-league star get back on his feet after his luck springs a leak.
Final entry in the Hot Zone series of romances that match female publicists with interesting male clients.
- Pilek, Eugena. Cooperstown. New York: Touchstone, 2005. An ensemble cast struggles with the vicissitudes of life in the famous cradle of baseball.
- Platt, Randall Beth. The 1898 Baseball Fe-As-Ko. North Haven, CT: Catbird, 2000. Baseball comes to the Four Arrows Ranch, as Royal Leckner and his wife E.M. form a club around rock-throwing Leviticus and set out to challenge top clubs.
Platt's third "Fe-As-Ko" novel, a comic historical Western adventure.
- Plimpton, George. The Curious Case of Sidd Finch. New York: Macmillan, 1987. Burnt-out writer befriends pitching phenom who throws a truly otherworldly fastball.
An elaboration of Plimpton's famous joke piece for Sports Illustrated (1 April 1985). The novel is fairly plotless but light in tone, and it provides some laughs along the way. It acknowledges its own debts to stories like Valentine Davies's It Happens Every Spring.
- Polman, Jeff. 1924 and You Are There! Culver City, CA: Grassy Gutter Press, 2012. Alternate-reality baseball season.
The novel narratizes a Strat-O-Matic replay of the 1924 season: "for a little over a year beginning in February, 2009, I replayed the 1924 season in Strat-O-Matic's super advanced format, then reported the daily events through the eyes and words of 17-year-old Phillie fan Vinny Spanelli and others, in the language of the time."
- Polman, Jeff. Ball Nuts: A Mad 1977 Baseball Replay Odyssey. Culver City, CA: Grassy Gutter Press, 2014. Alternate-reality baseball season.
The novel narratizes a Strat-O-Matic replay of the '77 season. Polman takes two eight-team leagues and runs them through 154-game schedules – the players are thus "real" if the events are not, while the writers and fans who follow them are fictional. There are elements of Robert Coover's UBA here, but the proceedings are both more and less "nuts" in different ways. An elaboration of the Play That Funky Baseball blog.
- Pomeranz, Gary. Out at Home. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985. Wise guys, tough dames, and Cubs interact in 1950s Chicago.
Agreeable, unpretentious historical local-color novel.