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Author Nathan, Daniel A.

Title Saying it's so : a cultural history of the Black Sox scandal / Daniel A. Nathan.

Imprint Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2005.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  796.35764 N195s 2005    ---  Available
Edition 1st pbk. ed.
Description viii, 285 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Series Sport and society
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [223]-275) and index.
Contents History's first draft: news, narrative, and the Black Sox Scandal. -- "Fix these faces in your memory": the Black Sox Scandal and American collective memories. -- The novel as history, a novel history: Bernard Malamud's The natural and Eliot Asinof's Eight men out. -- Off the bench: historians take a swing at the Black Sox Scandal. -- Idyll and iconoclasm: retelling the Black Sox Scandal in the eighties. -- Dreaming and scheming: the Black Sox Scandal at the end of the twentieth century.
Summary Publisher's description: 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. With baseball so closely linked to American values and ideals, the Black Sox Scandal of 1919 disenchanted baseball fans, changed the way Americans felt about the national pastime, and fostered changes in the game. 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. Offering insights into what different cultural narratives reveal about their creators and the eras in which they were produced, Saying It's So is a complex study of cultural values, memory, and the ways people make meaning. Addressing the relationship between cultural narratives and social reality, Nathan considers the media's coverage of scandal--from front-page attention to scathing commentaries and cartoons--when the story broke in 1920 and in the following years. He also examines how oral tradition reiterated the scandal before new narratives began to appear at midcentury. In a series of astute reflections on Bernard Malamud's novel The Natural, Eliot Asinof's popular history Eight Men Out, and the work of the historians David Voigt and Harold Seymour, Nathan sheds light on the ways cultural and historical meaning is produced. Also considered are representations of the scandal in popular fiction and film during the Reagan era, the popular tourist destination and baseball field in Dyersville, Iowa, created for the film Field of Dreams, Ken Burns's television documentary Baseball, and the country's reactions to the 1994-95 Major League Baseball strike.
Subject Chicago White Sox (Baseball team) -- History.
World Series (Baseball) (1919)
Baseball -- Corrupt practices -- History.
ISBN 0252073134 (pbk.)
9780252073137 (pbk.)

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