The Red-Headed Outfield is a collection of short stories about baseball as it was played in the last couple of decades of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th. They are actually fictionalized accounts of some of the adventures in baseball which Zane Grey found himself as he grew to adulthood in Ohio during the 1880s and 90s. Zane Grey loved baseball almost as much as he loved fishing, and he was an exceptional pitcher until the distance from the mound to homeplate was moved, and he could never re-perfect his curve ball afterwards. He starred for the University of Pennsylvania, and played semi-pro ball for several seasons while living in New York. These stories are about how much the game was loved and appreciated back then, and how every boy growing up during this time worshipped the players. These books for boys are not just for boys, but for anyone who loves a story about growing up.
This book by Zane Grey brings the early days of baseball to life, and shows sensitivity to the game, and the men who played it. Great stories.