Title

Junkballer

Date of Award

4-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

Program

Creative Writing

First Advisor/Chairperson

Jon Billman

Abstract

At seventeen Roger Fishinger’s a pretty good pitcher. But his older brother Bob’s a pitcher, too—and a once-in-a-generation type talented pitcher, with Big Leagues written all over him. The way Roger sees it, the only way to make up some ground in this probably unwinnable sibling rivalry is to start by getting a Division One scholarship. That, and nothing less. Junkballer is a short novel told from the perspective of Roger over the course of his junior-to-senior year summer as he tries achieving this goal, while navigating the world of youth travel baseball and all its quirks. The pushover coaches, prescription drug abuse, kleptomaniac teammates, heat-stroke, and mosquitos the size of hummingbirds.

Access Type

Open Access

Justification for Restricting Access

I will be seeking to publish this novel with a major publisher in the near future.

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