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Off-the-Shelf All-Stars: Calamity Jane Heads to Third, Teen Idol Wanted in Center Field

Calamity Jane

‘Bout time we got a lady in the game! Straight from the pages of Larry McMurtry’s Buffalo Girls comes Calamity Jane, American frontierswoman and Off-the-Shelf All-Star Third Baseman. Once Jane’s warmed up, it’ll be time to pick a Teen Idol for Center Field!

Off-the-Shelf All-Stars: Ender Ends Encyclopedia, American Hero Called to Third

Ender's Game

In our closest contest yet, Ender Wiggin won by a single vote to become the Kid Genius Shortstop on our Off-the-Shelf Literary All-Star Team. And as today is July 4, we’re asking your help choosing an American Hero or Heroine to cover Third Base.

Off-the-Shelf All-Stars: Bourne Beats Bond! Kid Genius Needed at Shortstop

Bond vs. Bourne

James Bond is the New York Yankees of bookball. He must be. Overexposure is surely the reason the world’s greatest pop-culture spy got fed to the sharks in the contest over Second Base on the Library’s Off-the-Shelf Literary All-Star Team.

Off-the-Shelf All-Stars: A Wizard at First, a Spy at Second

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

The Off-the-Shelf All-Stars challenge is officially underway, and the first baseman of the Library’s literary baseball team has been chosen. Wielding a mammoth magician’s glove at 1B is Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts!

Pick Your Favorite Fictional Characters for the Off-the-Shelf All-Star Team!

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It’s the bottom of the ninth, two outs, bases loaded. The game is tied. The sci-fi flyboy steps up to the plate. He grips his plasma bat and digs in. The 19th century mad scientist on the mound takes the signal from the pirate catcher and concocts a poisonous curveball.