Friday, May 22, 2009

Jock Kerouac

A new exhibit from the Jack Kerouac Archive at the New York Public Library recently revealed the secret fantasy baseball life of the beat poet. Even his closest friends and cohorts, which included William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, weren't privy to Kerouac's sports fanatic and stat collecting tendencies.

"What’s remarkable about his fantasy games, however, is their elaborateness and detail. The players all have distinct histories and personalities. A single season could last 40 or 50 games, with an All-Star game and a World Series, all painstakingly documented." -- NY Times

“Kerouac at Bat: Fantasy Sports and the King of the Beats," written by Isaac Gewirtz, is available for sale in the library's gift shop. Gewirtz found Kerouac played these intricate games up until a couple years before his death in 1969.

Click here for a slide show from the exhibit.

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