Originally Posted by vaticanplum
I realize this is a smaller pool of stuff and not as accessible, but has anyone ever seen or read a really great baseball play? I've always been surprised that baseball hasn't had more of a place in theater given what I see as its inherent theatricality (the movement, some of the language), but I see or read just about every play related to baseball I hear of and very little has ever struck me. Take me out is a decent play with some lovely baseball-centered monologues, but it's not really *about* baseball. August Wilson's Fences is probably the best one that I know of. That's a pretty short list.
And no, I've never seen Damn Yankees. that's one that I missed.
Back in 2006 we had a vintage base ball tournament as part of a festival in Winona, IN. It was a Saturday-Sunday deal and Saturday night, this woman named Bette Lou Higgins did a 1 woman show called, "You Can't Play Ball In A Skirt" which was the story of Alta Weiss who pitched professionally on a men's team in the early 1900s. She's actually based out of eastern Ohio and has a couple of shows coming up. http://edenvalleyenterprises.org/calendar.html
During the SABR convention here in 2004, this guy named Bob Kreidler did a 1 man show called "Perfect Season" where he told the story of the 1869 Red Stockings as told by Charlie Gould