Searching for the title of a short story about kids playing baseball on Mars. Probably Asimov's or DAW World's Best. They could only play 2 innings because the ball would travel so far, they'd get a home run almost every at-bat. It was really funny!

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    Fun fact: Isaac Asimov's surname was originally Azimov. He changed it after a numerologist advised him that changing the "Z" to an "S" would improve his fortunes. – Moriarty Jun 13 '18 at 23:14
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    @Moriarty I'll bite - what's the source of this fun fact? It doesn't sound remotely plausible... – user888379 Jun 14 '18 at 0:26
  • @user888379 what's that emoticon for "tongue in cheek" again? – Organic Marble Jun 14 '18 at 1:31
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    @user888379 just my little joke en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spell_My_Name_with_an_S – Moriarty Jun 14 '18 at 5:02
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    @Moriarty Spot on. I read your first comment and thought I read a short story about that exact same thing, and then you gave the link to it! You made me smile a bit more today. Thanks – JayV Jun 14 '18 at 12:24

This is Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball to Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson.

English wasn’t his first language, either. It was Armenian, or Moravian, something like that. Something no one else spoke, anyway, except for an elderly couple in his co-op. So he mumbled what passes for English on Mars, and sometimes even used a translation box, but basically tried never to be in a situation where he had to speak. And made error after error. We must have made quite a sight—me about waist-high to him, and both of us letting grounders pass through us like we were a magic show. Or else knocking them down and chasing them around, then winging them past the first baseman. We very seldom made an out. It would have been conspicuous except everyone else was the same way. Baseball on Mars was a high-scoring game.

But beautiful anyway. It was like a dream, really. First of all the horizon, when you’re on a flat plain like Argyre, is only three miles away rather than six. It’s very noticeable to a Terran eye. Then their diamonds have just over normal-sized infields, but the outfields have to be huge. At my team’s ballpark it was nine hundred feet to dead center, seven hundred down the lines. Standing at the plate the outfield fence was like a little green line off in the distance, under a purple sky, pretty near the horizon itself—what I’m telling you is that the baseball diamond about covered the entire visible world. It was so great.

It was the title story in Asimov's Science Fiction: v23n08 (1999 08)

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  • Wow, you guys have good memory. I used to collect Asimov's and DAW Year's Best for years and these were some of my favorite stories. Now I can go back and re-visit them again and reccommend to my friends Thanks so much. – Eni Jun 15 '18 at 23:35
  • @Eni - Don't forget to upvote and mark the answer as "accepted" (by clicking the little tick to the left of the answer) to show that it's the right one. – Valorum Jun 16 '18 at 5:00

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