Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball

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Nearly seventy-five years hove passed since America was rocked by the biggest sports scandal of the century--the fixing of the 1919 World Series by the Chicago "Black Sox." Eight ballplayers from one of the greatest teams ever were banished from baseball for all time (despite being found innocent in a court of law)--foremost among them the legendary Joseph Jefferson Jackson, "Shoeless Joe," who maintained his innocence until his death. Now, in Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball, celebrated sports author and ...
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Overview

Nearly seventy-five years hove passed since America was rocked by the biggest sports scandal of the century--the fixing of the 1919 World Series by the Chicago "Black Sox." Eight ballplayers from one of the greatest teams ever were banished from baseball for all time (despite being found innocent in a court of law)--foremost among them the legendary Joseph Jefferson Jackson, "Shoeless Joe," who maintained his innocence until his death. Now, in Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball, celebrated sports author and historian Harvey Frommer fuses oral history, court testimony, and sparkling narrative 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--a time marked by larger-than-life characters, the First World War, and the great pilgrimage from the country to the city. The story of Shoeless Joe is, more than anything, the story of America--and a loss of innocence that would never be recovered. But this is more than an in-depth biography; it is an impassioned but reasoned argument for a re-evaluation of this misunderstood man, and it raises new questions about the entire Black Sox scandal. Included for the first time ever is Jackson's sworn grand jury testimony, complete and untouched. Did Shoeless Joe help to throw the World Series? Did he deserve eternal banishment from the game he loved so much? Or was he framed by the manipulative owners of the time, sacrificed by baseball's power structure to preserve the illusion of innocence in the game? Find out in Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball.
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Editorial Reviews

USA Today
"A fresh look at the Black Sox scandal."
Houston Post
"New insight into baseball's greatest disgrace."
Yankees Magazine
"A must read -should be the final word on the 1919 White Sox."
Sports Books File
"A definitive book about Joe Jackson."
Dallas Morning News
"Absolutely essential reading. Enlightening text. A vivid biography."
Larry King
"An extraordinary publication. Terrific read. What a book."
Village Voice
"Fresh perspectives. Deserves a place on your shelf right next to Eight men Out."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Frommer's 30th book is a distinctly minor effort. It tells the tale of the illiterate South Carolina boy who had what Ty Cobb described as the most natural swing in baseball and who was banished from the game following the Black Sox scandal of 1919. But Frommer adds little to what is already known. He makes clear, as have other authors, that Joe Jackson was almost certainly not one of the Chicago players who conspired with gamblers to lose the World Series, although he was approached by those who had and did not report the contacts. Frommer does a fine job of pointing up the dissension between the cliques on the team and makes a plea for Jackson's admission to the Hall of Fame. The book includes a valuable appendix presenting Jackson's testimony before a Chicago grand jury, which reinforces the contention that the player was indeed a tragic victim. Photos not seen by PW. (July)
Utica Observer Dispatch
Get the book. It's a fascinating and fast read.
— Gene Carney
San Antonio Express News
...an interesting collection of data about the Black Sox scandal and the times that spawned it.
Baseball Weekly
A fresh look at the 1919 Black Sox scandal.
The Houston Post
...expertly re-creates the so-called ragtime era when players were miserably paid by their owners—none worse than White Sox owner Charles Comiskey—and gambling was common.
The Village Voice
Fresh perspectives. Everyone from Judge Landis to Alan Dershowitz is called in as a witness. Deserves a place on your shelf right next to Eight Men Out.
Utica Observer Dispatch - Gene Carney
Get the book. It's a fascinating and fast read.
The Dallas Morning News
A vivid biography of the greatest natural hitter ever, and a thoughtful, tightly reasoned plea for reconsideration of his ban from baseball.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803218628
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 543,117
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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 “The House that Ruth Built.”
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2003

    Tremendous Book!

    The book centers on one of the greatest baseball players ever and goes further into events happening in and away from baseball during 1900-1920s. It doesn't focus on the trite clichés which are commonly affiliated with Joe Jackson and the other White Sox players but rather on who Joe Jackson truly was. A great book and a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2002

    TREMENDOUS. FASCINATING. GET THE BOOK!!!

    ¿A tremendous account. . . I must refer anyone who has any interest in the Black Sox Scandal to Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball. There is a shiny gold sticker on the jacket of Frommer's book, by the way, announcing that it contains "Never before published -- Joe Jackson's complete Grand Jury Testimony." . . .The testimony is worth reading. Frommer quotes Joe Jackson: "I never said anything about it [the plot to throw the Series] until the night before the Series started. I went to see Mr Comiskey and begged him to take me out of the lineup .... If there was something going on I knew the bench was the safest place, but he wouldn't listen to me...." I would love to fill about ten pages with excerpts from Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball, but will not. Get the book. It's a fascinating and fast read.

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