Thursday, June 30th, 2039
The Baseball Writers Association has put the crowning touch on Joe Graves’s outstanding baseball career. They put the great mound superstar in the Tolkien Baseball Hall of Fame today.
He modestly gave credit to “better than average pitching skills and lots of three-run homers” for making it possible for him to move up into the legendary class of baseball players — but the sportswriters, his teammates and peers knew differently.
In reality Graves was a craftsman, an artist. He was a perfectionist. He painted a ballgame stroke by stroke and when he got through pitching a game, it was a masterpiece.
By the time he retired at age 38, Graves fashioned an impressive record of 195-83, had an ERA of 2.84, struck out 2112 batters and held opposing teams to a .236 batting average. Graves made 355 mound appearances and worked 2548.1 innings in his career.