Baseball just got a little more high-brow: An outfit called Novel-T is launching a line of baseball T-shirts with a dream fantasy team. But don’t expect to see names like Derek Jeter or Johnny Damon in the line-up. Instead, the roster includes a “team” of nine American literary icons from Tom Sawyer to Henry David Thoreau. (A cap tip to The New Yorker‘s Book Bench blog for this item.)
But I have to take Novel-T to task for some of their obvious swings and misses. Why put Moby-Dick at home plate when a creature that size could easily cover the entire outfield? Especially when, clearly, Holden Caulfield is a much more fitting choice for catcher. I will concede, however, that Walt Whitman is positioned well in center field, atop leaves of AstroTurf.
Shelf Lifers: What literary figures would you put on your fantasy baseball team? (Besides, of course, Roy Hobbs. Cheaters.) And would you pony up $25 to wear one of these jerseys, especially since some the proceeds go to a nonprofit group (826NYC)?