Dreaming Baseball

Dreaming Baseball

by James T. Farrell
     
 

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A new novel from the author of the Studs Lonigan trilogyMuch like author James T. Farrell, Mickey Donovan—the main character in Dreaming Baseball—grew up on the South Side of Chicago dreaming of becoming a star for the White Sox. Donovan’s childhood dream came true in 1919 when he made the team. Despite the fact that he spent most of his rookie… See more details below

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A new novel from the author of the Studs Lonigan trilogyMuch like author James T. Farrell, Mickey Donovan—the main character in Dreaming Baseball—grew up on the South Side of Chicago dreaming of becoming a star for the White Sox. Donovan’s childhood dream came true in 1919 when he made the team. Despite the fact that he spent most of his rookie season on the bench, it was truly a magical year—until the Black Sox scandal turned it into a nightmare.James T. Farrell dreamed of one day playing second base for his hometown Chicago White Sox, but, failing that, he became one of America’s great novelists. Farrell loved the game of baseball with the same passion he brought to the celebrated Studs Lonigan trilogy.In the 1950s Farrell signed an agreement with A. S. Barnes to write two baseball books. The first book published from this deal was My Baseball Diary, in 1957, still considered one of the very best fan books on baseball. The second baseball book was to be a novel about the infamous 1919 Black Sox scandal. Though several draft s of the novel were written, it remained unpublished—until now. Editors Ron Briley, Margaret Davidson, and James Barbour worked with the various manuscript drafts to see Farrell’s vision to print as Dreaming Baseball.Farrell’s Donovan speaks, feels, and dreams for all baseball fans in this wonderfully rich novel about our favorite American pastime.“The heart of Farrell’s baseball novel is the story of a young boy who dreams of playing one day for his hometown team and lives that dream, only to see it ruined by the social realities and personal failure that often shadow the dreamer. For Farrell, baseball is where youthful dreams begin, but it’s also a test of character when the dream-come-true becomes a nightmare. In Dreaming Baseball, we learn if a love of baseball is strong enough to survive the game’s darkest betrayal.”—from the Foreword by Eliot Asinof, author of Eight Men Out

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Farrell, author of the classic "Studs Lonigan" trilogy, dreamed of playing second base for the Chicago White Sox. When eight players accepted money from gamblers to throw the World Series, the resulting Black Sox scandal of 1919 shattered Farrell's loyalty. Thirty-eight years later, the author wrote the rough draft of a novel based on the infamous wrongdoings and blacklisted players. His effort, finally published this year, is fascinating historical fiction. Nineteen-year-old rookie Mickey Donovan is awed by the Chicago players, but the fix shatters his major league dream world. Farrell's tome relates Mickey's life journey, his anguish over his teammates' unethical behavior, and the lifelong burden haunting his former heroes. Astute readers will compare the Black Sox fallout to baseball's recent steroid issue or Pete Rose's ban from the Hall of Fame. This lengthy work, packed with details about actual players and slang from a bygone era, isn't a trendy read and is best suited to academic or large public libraries with comprehensive baseball collections.
—Rollie Welch

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ISBN-13:
9781612779287
Publisher:
Kent State University Press
Publication date:
11/22/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
328
File size:
1 MB

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