"The Silent Partner," by Susan Petrone, in Cleveland Noir, edited by Michael Ruhlman and Miesha Wilson Headen, Akashic Press, 2023.
The publisher sent me a free copy of this book.
I have said, more than once, that Akashic's Noir Cities series would be improved by having more historical tales. This story proves me right for it is historical in more senses than one.
It's 1970. The narrator (if he has a name I didn't catch it) writes about baseball history for the Cleveland Press. He has to cover the 50th anniversary of the day a Cleveland player was killed by a pitch thrown by a Yankee.
The more he investigates the more it appears that something weird happened. Weird, like the beanball being deliberate? Much weirder than that.
This terrific story reminds me of W.P. Kinsella's many magic realism tales about baseball (Field of Dreams was adapted from one of his books). And that's a compliment.