Saying It's So

A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal
Author: Daniel A. Nathan
Understanding narratives of baseball's darkest hour
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Publication Date
Paperback: 09/12/2005
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About the Book

The 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 Author

Daniel 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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"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


Winner of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Book Award, 2003. Winner of the North American Society for Sport History Book Award, 2003. A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2006. Named Book of the Year by both the North American Society for Sport History and the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.