... Stephen Crane: The Thrill of the Unexpected: Unpacking Treasures for the Library Book Sale. (Hat tip, Virginia Kerr.)
Born in Newark on November 1, 1871, Stephen Crane is probably the only major American writer who could have had a career in the big leagues. As catcher and later short stop for the Syracuse Orangemen, he hit .272 and played the game, it was said, “with fiendish glee.”
Albert Jay Nock also played baseball well enough to have made the minors.