The Last Man to Hit .400 by Stanley W. Beesley

It's the last month of the Major League Baseball season, and promising journalist Sylvia Kerrigan knows if lifetime .259 hitter Paul Demeter finishes with a .400 batting average, someone will nab the story. She aims to be that writer. She is talented but young. What qualifies her for the scoop? Easy. This unlikely hero, this man who abandoned his family? This Paul Demeter? He is her old man.