Off-the-Shelf All-Stars: Holden Caufield to Center Field, Help Us Choose LF, RF & Catcher

Holden Caufield always dreamed of being a catcher. Though this year's Off-the-Shelf All-Star voting won't find the incorrigible Caufield behind the plate, he'll have plenty of opportunity to field fly balls from Center Field. Find out who Holden beat for his coveted spot, and help us choose more fictional all-stars!

Center Fielder: Holden Caufield

In J.D. Salinger’s 1951 classic The Catcher in the Rye, 17-year-old Holden Caufield cuts a mopey, defiant figure as he wanders lonely on the streets of New York, contemplating existence and where he fits into it (or doesn’t). In many ways, Center Field is the perfect position for him. Holden can freely indulge his angst in the open expanses of the Outfield – he’d just better mind those deep fly balls.

Holden faced some tough competition in the voting that took place yesterday on the Library's Facebook page. Rookie Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games enjoyed the lead for most of the day, with Bella Swan of Twilight and Junior of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie bringing up the rear. But when the dust of teenage rebellion settled over the Outfield, Holden was our clear champ.

And we reckon Mr. Caufield will be right at home on an All-Star squad that has so far enlisted a wizard, a secret agent, a space-age boy genius, and an American frontierswoman. They’re a motley but powerful crew, and you picked them. Here are your 2012 Off-the-Shelf All-Stars so far:

Click for larger imageYour Off-the-Shelf All-Stars so far (Click to enlarge).

This weekend, we’ll need your help choosing three more positions: a Paranormal Being in Left Field, a Classic Adventurer in Right Field, and a Famous Animal from literature as Catcher. Voting will commence each day at noon and end the following morning at 9 a.m., on the Library’s Facebook page at

We’ll reveal our librarians’ nominees for Paranormal Left Fielder now and open the vote at noon sharp. Follow us on Facebook for the Right Field and Catcher choices over the weekend. On Monday, we’ll return with a blog re-cap.

To vote, just look for the multiple-choice question on our Wall and vote for one of our librarian-approved nominees or write in your own (click “Add an option”).

Off-the-Shelf All-Star Left Fielder: Paranormal Being

Left field is the perfect place for a character who’s out of this world. Who’s your pick for paranormal being in the outfield? Vote for one of the beastly bookballers above or nominate your own!

Vote for Left Field Nominees: Paranormal Being

Zombie Charlotte Lucas, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

Lestat, Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Sookie Stackhouse, The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris

Mr. Hyde, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by R.L. Stevenson

Thanks for joining the Library in celebrating -- in an appropriately bookish way -- the arrival of the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Kansas City on July 10!

May the best and/or deadest player win.

About the Author

Jason Harper is the web content developer and social media manager at the Kansas City Public Library.
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