Curtis Bishop usually has a second string problem issue in his sports stories and this time it's young Robin's adjustment to Chase Alloway who will become his step-father and who calls him ""son"" even before he marries Robin's mother. Alloway is one of the four managers of the Austin Little League (Robin had always been passed over by the better teams) and he puts the boy through some stern and strenuous training which Robin at first resents. He also does not want to be assured a place on the team as an option player (automatic approval as Alloway's son) but wants to ""win his uniform."" This he does and, from here on out, this is a recap of many of the season's games before Robin proves himself at bat and Alloway at home plate when Robin calls him ""father."" Lots of coaching on the sport itself which may go over better with the regulars in this age group than the subsidiary story.