A Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving
Mr. Chickering coaches Johnny and Owen in little league. On the day that Tabby dies, Mr. Chickering switches up the batting order so that Owen goes up to bat. Since they're going to lose anyway, Mr. Chickering encourages Owen to swing away. Like so many other characters in the novel, he feels partially responsible for Tabby's death; he cries openly at her funeral.