Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball
By Harvey Frommer
(University of Nebraska Press, Paperback, 9780803218628, 225pp.)
Publication Date: September 2008
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Now, in "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," Harvey Frommer weaves oral history, court testimony, and sparkling narrative together 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 in a time marked by larger-than-life characters, the First World War, and the great pilgrimage from the country to the city.
But this is more than an in-depth biography; it is an impassioned but reasoned argument for a reevaluation 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 unaltered.