Jack Kerouac’s Fantasy Baseball Leagues

May 23, 2009

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Unbeknownst to his close friends, one of my literary heroes – Jack Kerouac invented a fantasy baseball game and played it for most of his life.

[Kerouac’s game charted] the exploits of made-up players like Wino Love, Warby Pepper, Heinie Twiett, Phegus Cody and Zagg Parker, who toiled on imaginary teams named either for cars (the Pittsburgh Plymouths and New York Chevvies, for example) or for colors (the Boston Grays and Cincinnati Blacks).

He collected their stats, analyzed their performances and, as a teenager, when he played most ardently, wrote about them in homemade newsletters and broadsides. He even covered financial news and imaginary contract disputes. During those same teenage years, he also ran a fantasy horse-racing circuit, complete with illustrated tout sheets and racing reports. He created imaginary owners, imaginary jockeys, imaginary track conditions.

Don’t miss the slideshow of some of Kerouac’s notebooks and publications related to his imaginary sports.

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One Response to “Jack Kerouac’s Fantasy Baseball Leagues”

  1. Amee Masotti Says:

    I have tried to leave a comment on this blog but every time I submit it times out the comment or provides an error. Do you think the writer possibly look into why this is happening?

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