The story of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and his teammates purportedly conspiring with gamblers to throw the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds has lingered in our collective consciousness for more than eighty years. Daniel A. Nathan's wide-ranging, interdisciplinary cultural history is less concerned with the details of the scandal than with how it has been represented and remembered by journalists, historians, novelists, filmmakers, and baseball fans. Saying It's So offers a series of astute reflections on what these different cultural narratives reveal about their creators and the eras in which they were created, producing a complex study of cultural values, memory, and the ways people make meaning.
A volume in the series Sport and Society, edited by Benjamin G. Rader and Randy Roberts
Cover Title Page Copyright Page Table of Contents Acknowledgments Introduction 1. History's First Draft: News, Narrative, and the Black Sox Scandal 2. "Fix These Faces in Your Memory": The Black Sox Scandal and American Collective Memories 3. The Novel as History, a Novel History: Bernard Malamud's The Natural and Eliot Asinof's Eight Men Out Illustrations follow page 118 4. Off the Bench: Historians Take a Swing at the Black Sox Scandal 5. Idyll and Iconoclalsm: Retelling the Black Sox Scandal in the Eighties 6. Dreaming and Scheming: The Black Sox Scandal at the End of the Twentieth Century Conclusion Notes Index|
Daniel A. Nathan is an associate professor of American Studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.