Stringer Dedham is an adolescent from Derry, Maine and a minor character in the horror novel, It. During the summer of 1958, he would occasionally participate in minor baseball matches over at the tracker brothers, an unindustrialized baseball field that was frequently occupied by middle-school students during the warmer and more humid periods of the year. He would primarily serve as a pitcher. Once, one of his batsmen, Belch Huggins (a twelve year old who was a close friend to the brutish Henry Bowers), had struck the baseball with so much sheer force that it flew well out of the perimeter of the tracker brothers and had landed into a nearby river stream down at the Barrens (much to Dedham’s amazement and bewilderment).
Dedham had been in the seventh grade during that year.