In six tense, exciting short stories, featuring new voices as well as characters from Crutcher's acclaimed popular novels, athletes face up to more than sports. These are tales of love and death, of bigotry and heroism, of real people doing the best that they can, even when that best is not enough.
Mike has everything going for him: a good group of friends, he’s dating one of the hottest girls in school, and he even has a starting position on the varsity baseball team. But things fall apart when Oscar comes into town and challenges Mike to his position on the field. Mike starts heading down a bad road, and he needs to make a decision where he wants to go.
Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World War II, finds himself facing many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless basketball team, cope with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who seems to be threatening his teacher.