Shadow Ball: A Novel of Baseball and Chicago

Shadow Ball: A Novel of Baseball and Chicago

by Peter M. M. Rutkoff
     
 

In the summer of 1919 three men (two white, one black) decide that the Chicago White Sox will be the first major league team in the twentieth century to sign a black player to a major league contract...

Set before the broad shoulders of Chicago, Shadow Ball tells the story of Rube Foster, African American owner of the Chicago-American Giants; Charles Comiskey,

Overview

In the summer of 1919 three men (two white, one black) decide that the Chicago White Sox will be the first major league team in the twentieth century to sign a black player to a major league contract...

Set before the broad shoulders of Chicago, Shadow Ball tells the story of Rube Foster, African American owner of the Chicago-American Giants; Charles Comiskey, the owner of the White Sox; and Sam Weiss, their silent go-between. Their plans are complicated by the eruption of the August 1919 race riot in Chicago, as seen and heard by Kid Douglas, a Mississippi blues singer newly arrived from the Delta. Blues, baseball, race-relations, love, hope and despair ring loud in this tale.

Editorial Reviews

Nine
impressive
American Book Review
brilliantly imaginative history...richly imagined narrative...provocative
Baseball Spot
painstakingly documented...provides an intriguing fictional 'what-if' scenario
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
"A novel of opportunities."
SABR Bulletin
"Imagines a story set in 1919 involving Rube Foster, Charles Comiskey and Sam Weiss."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786409815
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Peter M. Rutkoff directs the American Studies program and was the National Endowment for the Humanities distinguished teaching professor of history and American studies, 1997-2000, at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

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