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Summer of Shadows: A Murder, A Pennant Race, and the Twilight of the Best Location in the Nation
     

Summer of Shadows: A Murder, A Pennant Race, and the Twilight of the Best Location in the Nation

by Jonathan Knight
 

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In 1954, Cleveland, OHIO, billed itself as "The Best Location in the Nation." Business boomed in its factories, its sports teams won championships, and life was good along lovely Lake Erie. But in that golden summer, the seeds already were being sown for the city's fall from grace, one that would lead ultimately to a new nickname, "The Mistake by the

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In 1954, Cleveland, OHIO, billed itself as "The Best Location in the Nation." Business boomed in its factories, its sports teams won championships, and life was good along lovely Lake Erie. But in that golden summer, the seeds already were being sown for the city's fall from grace, one that would lead ultimately to a new nickname, "The Mistake by the Lake."

Through vast research, author Jonathan Knight recreates the summer of Cleveland's apex, when two spectacular dramas unfolded. The Indians, a powerful team that featured a Jewish star and general manager, an Hispanic manager and top hitter, and the first African-American to play in the American League, battled for the pennant against their archrivals, the New York Yankees, to whom they perennially finished second. Also during that fateful summer, the city-and the entire country-followed the tragic mystery of Marilyn Sheppard's murder and the trial of her husband, handsome young "Dr. Sam" Sheppard.

Summer of Shadows is a page-turning tale of sports, crime, and a city's history, evoking a time and place in America when forces collided to end an era and begin a whole new way of life.

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Cleveland sportswriter and author Jonathan Knight (Classic Tribe; Sundays in the Pound) retrieves lost Indians history in this exciting new book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578604678
Publisher:
Clerisy Press
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
873,175
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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