Saying It's So
A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal
Understanding narratives of baseball's darkest hour
Paper – $28
eBook – $19.95
Series: Sport and Society
About the BookThe story of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and his White Sox teammates purportedly conspiring with gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds has lingered in our collective consciousness for a century. Daniel A. Nathan's wide-ranging history looks at how journalists, historians, novelists, filmmakers, and baseball fans have represented and remembered the scandal. Nathan's reflections on what these different cultural narratives reveal about their creators and eras shape a fascinating study of cultural values, memory, and the ways people make meaning.
About the AuthorDaniel A. Nathan is the Douglas Family Chair in American Culture, History, and Literary and Interdisciplinary Studies at Skidmore College. He is the editor of Rooting for the Home Team: Sport, Community, and Identity and coeditor of Baseball Beyond Our Borders: An International Pastime.
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Reviews"Nathan's writing is completely accessible, his arguments sound, and his conclusions dead-on."--Chicago Tribune
"Saying It's So is ambitious in its reach, well-researched, and clearly written. The range of texts it considers is impressive and important, and its readings of individual texts are invariably engaging."--Michael Oriard, author of Sporting with the Gods: The Rhetoric of Play and Game in American Literature