‘One Throw’ by W.C. Heinz

Heinz, WC 1950

One Throw by W.C. Heinz, 1950

The magic trick:

Turning a baseball story into a morality tale

There is not a lot I can say here without ruining the ending. I can say that the plot harkens back damn near to Biblical times. Like Old Testament old. But that’s all right. It feels fresh when applied to a modern (1950 baseball modern) context. And that’s quite a trick on Heinz’s part.

The selection:

“Maybe he’s all right,” the kid said, “but I don’t get along with him. He’s on my neck all the time.”

“Well,” I said, “that’s the way they are in the minors sometimes. You have to remember the guy is looking out for himself and his ball club first. He’s not worried about you.”

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