Synopses & Reviews
Nearly ninety years have passed since America was rocked by the biggest sports scandal of the twentieth century: the alleged fixing of the 1919 World Series by the Chicago and#8220;Black Sox.and#8221; Eight ballplayers from one of the greatest teams ever were banished from baseball foreverand#8212;despite being found innocent in a court of lawand#8212;foremost among them the legendary Joseph Jefferson Jackson, and#8220;Shoeless Joe,and#8221; who maintained his innocence until his death.
and#160;Now, in Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball, Harvey Frommer weaves oral history, court testimony, and sparkling narrative together to re-create the life and times of the illiterate farm boy who became one of the greatest players in baseball history. To read this riveting story is to rediscover a sport and a nation at a crossroads in a time marked by larger-than-life characters, the First World War, and the great pilgrimage from the country to the city.
But this is more than an in-depth biography; it is an impassioned but reasoned argument for a reevaluation of this misunderstood man, and it raises new questions about the entire Black Sox scandal. Included for the first time ever is Jacksonand#8217;s sworn grand jury testimony, complete and unaltered.
"This biography-cum-history offers many small pleasures."-Kirkus Reviews(Kirkus)
About the Author
Harvey Frommer is a noted sports author and oral historian and the author of over forty books, including Remembering Yankee Stadium: An Oral and Narrative History of and#8220;The House that Ruth Built.and#8221;