Shut Out: The Story of Race and Baseball in Boston

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With a new introduction by celebrated baseball writer Roger Kahn and a new afterword by the author, updating John Henry's first year of ownership after nearly six decades of the Yawkey dynasty, the legacy of the late Will McDonough, and the author's return to his native Boston after a seventeen-year absence, Shut Out has reopened the discussion of baseball, race, and Boston with a new candor.
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Overview

With a new introduction by celebrated baseball writer Roger Kahn and a new afterword by the author, updating John Henry's first year of ownership after nearly six decades of the Yawkey dynasty, the legacy of the late Will McDonough, and the author's return to his native Boston after a seventeen-year absence, Shut Out has reopened the discussion of baseball, race, and Boston with a new candor.
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Sport is not always a metaphor . . . but in this instance the story of race and the Red Sox is an exceedingly accurate mirror of the story of race and Boston, and thus race and America. —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

"One of the best baseball books I have ever read, and in fact one of the best non-fiction books I have read in years. To simply call it a baseball book is to do it a disservice, in that people interested in American history, race relations in America, and simply human nature might not read it, which would be their loss." —Lisa Winston, USA Today's Sports Weekly

"Shut Out...is the first book detailing and analyzing the racial problems of the Red Sox...it is required reading for anyone who cares about the history of racial prejudice and the game of baseball." —Louis P. Masur, The Nation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807009796
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 9/2/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Spelman is professor of philosophy at Smith College and author of Inessential Woman (Beacon / 6745-8 / $17.00) and Fruits of Sorrow (Beacon / 1421-4 / $14.00). She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

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    A must read for all Red Sox fans.

    A must read for all Red Sox fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2003

    Shut Out Is A Must Read!

    Respecting Howard Bryant for his fine journalistic work at the Boston Herald, I purchased this book. What I soon discovered was a piece of work that is a must read for not only Red Sox fans, not only Bostonians, but for everyone. Shut Out is an eye opening, sometimes chilling look at a team and it's city. Howard Bryant, with great detail due to his endless research, responsibly but at the same time pulls no punches and is unapologetic. He not only details the injustice and the attitudes of the Red Sox and of Boston in their dealings with race but also causes the reader to think, to really think honestly about his or her own attitudes about race. Bryant is brilliant here. The book, despite the heavy topic is for the lack of a better word, entertaining. Couldn't put the thing down, eagerly turning the next page. At the same time so enlightening, and puts the reader on an emotional roller coaster, celebrating the successes, exposing the injustices. Mr. Bryant's work is a work that any social scientist would respect and is anything but a 'typical' sports book. I reach for words to accurately describe the impact that this book had on me. Any book that causes the reader to pause, to think and reflect is a book that has hit home. Howard Bryant has hit a home run.

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