Many of us play Strat-o-matic or some other fantasy version of the game. Robert Coover wrote the classic baseball fiction, The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop.
Well, Coover has company in Jeff Polman, who recently released Twinbill: Further Immersions in Historical Baseball Fiction — his fourth book — which includes a speculative piece about Hank Greenberg, the Hall of Famer first-baseman/outfielder in the years leading up to World War II.
I had somewhat of an ulterior motive for speaking with Polman since I’m working on my own book about Hammerin’ Hank. Here’s our conversation.