Shoeless Joe & Ragtime Basebal

Harvey Frommer, Author Taylor Publishing Company (TX) $19.95 (225p) ISBN 978-0-87833-784-2
Frommer's 30th book is a distinctly minor effort. It tells the tale of the illiterate South Carolina boy who had what Ty Cobb described as the most natural swing in baseball and who was banished from the game following the Black Sox scandal of 1919. But Frommer adds little to what is already known. He makes clear, as have other authors, that Joe Jackson was almost certainly not one of the Chicago players who conspired with gamblers to lose the World Series, although he was approached by those who had and did not report the contacts. Frommer does a fine job of pointing up the dissension between the cliques on the team and makes a plea for Jackson's admission to the Hall of Fame. The book includes a valuable appendix presenting Jackson's testimony before a Chicago grand jury, which reinforces the contention that the player was indeed a tragic victim. Photos not seen by PW. (July)
Reviewed on: 03/30/1992
Release date: 04/01/1992
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 225 pages - 978-0-8032-1862-8
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