Chapter 1, The Foul Ball
• Owen Meany is introduced as a very small boy with a distinct voice. The narrator of the story, Johnny Wheelwright, claims that these are not the reasons why he will remember Owen Meany, but because he claims that he is Christian because of Owen Meany.
• Owen Meany is tortured by the students in his Sunday school. The students often will lift him up and pass him over their heads, hang him from his collar to a tree, or lock him in his locker. Owen never tattles on the students for picking on him and only becomes annoyed when his baseball card collection becomes unorganized.
• It is revealed that Owen Meany is only allowed to play on the baseball team because he has a minuscule strike zone, making him impossible to strike out.
• The Wheelwright family history is revealed: Johnny's ancestors founded the town, Gravesend...
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