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 www.novel-t.com.