Even without the baseball on the cover and the reference to Christy Mathewson's out pitch, fans of baseball fiction should have no doubt that The Fade-away is a sport novel. The town baseball team is the heart of Port Newton, as revealed by the newspaper clippings that make up a number of the book's chapters. Baseball is the main concern of the book's narrators, from former-player Doc Fuller to second baseman Calvin Elwell, and Sophie Fuller, Doc's daughter and Calvin's girlfriend.
Peterson, S. D.
(2007). Book Review: The Fade-Away. The Sport Literature Association.