Jeter who? Book lovers create uniforms honoring real heroes — writers!

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If your all-star team includes Henry David Thoreau before Henry Aaron, Edgar Allen Poe before Edgar Renteria, and Walt Whitman before … Walt Weiss, then you’re in luck.

Two bookish baseball fans have drafted these famed authors — as well as other canonical American literary figures like Huck Finn and Captain Ahab — as players on a fictional ballclub, and they’re selling team jerseys for $25 apiece.

David Bukszpan came up with the idea on the subway when he looked up from his Whitman tome to spot a Yankees fan sporting a Derek Jeter replica jersey.

“I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing if I had a shirt with someone’s name I really wanted on my back — one of my heroes?’” said Bukszpan, co-founder and general manager of Novel-T, which will celebrate its official launch at Freebird Books on Sunday.

Bukszpan said his tees should become the game-day shirts of Brooklynites who think that “pitching” is something you do to a publishing house, and “the count” refers to a number of pages.

“People get to know these characters or these authors much better than they do an athlete,” he said. “When you watch Jeter bat, you get a sense of who he is, but it’s nothing like the relationship you can have with Huck Finn when you spend a couple hundred pages with him.”

The team’s line-up also includes catcher Moby Dick, leftfielder Bartleby the Scrivener, second baseman Tom Sawyer, and first basewoman Hester Prynne.

Novel-T launch party and barbeque at Freebird Books [123 Columbia St. at Kane Street, (718) 643-8484] on Sept. 20 from 2 to 5 pm. For info, visit

Updated 5:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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Roger from Pompano Beach, Fl. says:
Very cleverly written article! Keep up the good work. I'd like to get one of those shirts.
Sept. 17, 2009, 11:51 am
dan from brookland says:
Hey. I'd love to get one of those shirts. Will Novel-T have a website?
Sept. 18, 2009, 2:01 pm
K from No longer... says:
Timothy Leary was famously quoted as saying "The brain is the taboo organ of the 20th century". Hey literary geeks: in the old New York, you'd get laid _not_ being a mook. Have things gotten that coarse?
Sept. 18, 2009, 9:27 pm
Alan King from D.C. says:
Literary Advocates Redefine Their World Without Books
Read it at
Oct. 6, 2009, 9:24 pm

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