Higdon, Hal

About the author

Hal Higdon (b.1931) writes books about sport: non fiction and fiction. I had thought, when I found William Neuman’s title The Horse That Played the Outfield, that there could only possibly be one book in which a horse played baseball, but I was wrong. Perhaps there are more than two. Perhaps there is a whole genre. The Horse That Played Center Field been made into an animated film.

Hal Higdon’s main subject though is running. He’s the longest standing contributor to Runners’ World magazine.

Finding the book
Reasonably easy to find in both its incarnations.

Links and sources
Terri Wear: Horse Stories – An Annotated Bibliography

Bibliography (horse books only)

The Horse that Played Center Field

Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1968, 118 pp
Scholastic Book Services, 1969, pb

Kevin has a horse called Oscar. Oscar can catch oranges in his mouth. The horse is put in a baseball game as a joke, but he’s so good, he’s signed on, and helps the New York Goats start to win. (I am assuming here the team is not actually goats though I do hope they are).