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Winesburg, Indiana: "Manchild" Morrison, The Best That Almost Was


Porter Shreve


Every ten years they trot me out for homecoming. Put me in the back of a red convertible and drive me around the stadium where half a century ago I took the Railsplitters to our first and only state championship. We ran the single wing back then, the old "Pop" Warner formation, with four guys in the backfield, any one of us ready for the snap. But in 1962, in Winesburg, Indiana, everyone knew the ball was going to number 21. I might as well have had a target on my jersey.

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Note: "This story is exclusively available in the anthology, Winesburg, Indiana, published by Breakaway Books, an imprint of Indiana University Press, in the spring of 2015. Available wherever fine books are sold, borrowed, or used as dowry."