Let’s have a series about fictional players. And who better to compile them then Gary Cieradkowski whose latest features Henry “Author” Wiggen, the hero of such Mark Harris classics as Bang the Drum Slowly, The Southpaw, A Ticket for a Seamstitch, and It Looked Like For Ever.
Here’s a roster of “The 25 Greatest Fictional Baseball Players of All Time,” as per a Bleacher Report feature posted last year. The roster includes such notables as Hamliton “Ham” Porter from The Sandlot, Billy Chapel from For the Love of the Game, and Crash Davis from Bull Durham. Note that these are all movie characters (although some of the films were adapted from novels). Surprisingly, Wiggen, as played by Michael Moriarty in the screen version of Bang the Drum Slowly, didn’t make the cut.
More suggestions on faux favorites can be found here, here, here, and here. Again, note that most of these are film characters and many of them show up on all the lists (there are just so many); guess not too many people actually read anymore.