Shadow Ball

A Novel of Baseball and Chicago


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About the Book

In the summer of 1919 three men (two white, one black) decide that the Chicago White Sox will be the first major league team in the twentieth century to sign a black player to a major league contract…
Set before the broad shoulders of Chicago, Shadow Ball tells the story of Rube Foster, African American owner of the Chicago-American Giants; Charles Comiskey, the owner of the White Sox; and Sam Weiss, their silent go-between. Their plans are complicated by the eruption of the August 1919 race riot in Chicago, as seen and heard by Kid Douglas, a Mississippi blues singer newly arrived from the Delta. Blues, baseball, race-relations, love, hope and despair ring loud in this tale.

About the Author(s)

Editor Peter M. Rutkoff directs the American Studies program and was the National Endowment for the Humanities distinguished teaching professor of history and American studies, 1997–2000, at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Peter M. Rutkoff
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2001
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0981-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6258-2
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“impressive”—Nine; “brilliantly imaginative history…richly imagined narrative…provocative”—American Book Review; “painstakingly documented…provides an intriguing fictional ‘what-if’ scenario”—Baseball Spot; “a novel of opportunities”—The Plain Dealer (Cleveland); “imagines a story set in 1919 involving Rube Foster, Charles Comiskey and Sam Weiss”—The SABR Bulletin.