Guide to Baseball Short Stories: E
- Eagle, Ken. "The Mudville Faithful." Sport is Poetry, August 2010. Casey's most recent plate appearance.
- Eagle, Ken. "Pitcher Perfect." Sport is Poetry, August 2010. Pitcher approaching decrepitude summons up one last perfect effort in this verse story.
- Effinger, George. "Naked to the Invisible Eye." Analog Magazine 1973. Repr. Holtzman, Kinsella. A veteran baseball man discovers a pitching prospect who can defeat batters with sheer telekinetic willpower.
Mechanically written elaboration of a SF plot idea, this story goes nowhere. Compare Biggle for a similar fear that arcane abilities will destroy the sport.
- Egan, James W. "World's Series Test." Dime Sports Magazine 1.6 (December 1935): 31-42. Young second baseman nearly wilts under the title pressure, but comes through with the big play in the end.
Non-stop game action of a rather mechanical variety.
- Einstein, Charles. "The Last Inning." Collier's 131.25 (20 June 1953): 22, 24, 26. A 35-year-old shortstop can't resist one last crack at the big leagues, despite the advice of his friends and his fiancée.
- Einstein, Charles. "Reflex Curve." Collier's, 14 June 1952. Repr. Holtzman. A pitcher can never make it out of the sixth inning because he can't help throwing a predictable big curveball--at least till he meets a lady reporter doing a story on what a lousy pitcher he's become.
Throwaway romance story idea, well-executed of its kind.
- Elliot, James Vance. "In the Masonic Temple of the Athletes." Aethlon 12.1 (Fall 1994): 93-102. A boy at Fenway park with his grandfather realizes for the first time that athletes and ex-athletes form a kind of mystical fraternity.
Pleasant if over-written magical-realist story.
- Esquith, Sam. "Devotions." Elysian Fields Quarterly 21.3 (Summer 2004): 26-31. An aging couple in a minor-league city takes in a ballplayer boarder.
The man in the couple is an ex-ballplayer himself; the woman suddenly relives her youth. Well-evoked setting.
- Evans, Frank. "The Diamond Jester." Collier's, 1914. Repr. Strecker. Clown-prince type subverts gamblers' attempt to buy pennant.
Interesting look at the pervasiveness of gambling in the game in the decade before the Black Sox.
- Evich, Mitch. "Fischer at Fenway." In Pachter. The weight of world history falls on a college student; to escape it, he visits Fenway Park, where the weight of Red Sox history descends on him.
- Evich, Mitch. "Johnny Boy." In Further Fenway Fiction. Washed-up ex-minor-leaguer reflects on his eroding marriage, his current slow-pitch softball career, and the fortunes of his contemporary Johnny Damon.