The Young Pitcher is a baseball story written by Zane Grey. The action centers around Ken Ward as a young college student trying to make the baseball team as a freshman. This is a collection of short baseball stories. The stories are especially intriguing as baseball was one of Grey's biggest passions. Grey went to the University of Pennsylvania on a baseball scholarship and also played in the minor leagues. Zane Grey was a prolific American writer of historical and western novels. Grey's books were a big influence on the idealization of the American frontier and his book Riders of the Purple Sage is considered by many to be the greatest western novel ever written.