Dreaming Baseball

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Kent State University Press, 2007 - Fiction - 316 pages
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Much like author James T. Farrell, Mickey Donovan--the main character in Dreaming Baseball--grew up on the South Side of Chicago dreaming of becoming a star for the White Sox. Donovan's childhood dream came true in 1919 when he made the team. Despite the fact that he spent most of his rookie season on the bench, it was truly a magical year--until the Black Sox scandal turned it into a nightmare. James T. Farrell dreamed of one day playing second base for his hometown Chicago White Sox, but, failing that, he became one of America's great novelists. Farrell loved the game of baseball with the same passion he brought to the celebrated Studs Lonigan trilogy. In the 1950s Farrell signed an agreement with A. S. Barnes to write two baseball books. The first book published from this deal was My Baseball Diary, in 1957, still considered one of the very best fan books on baseball. The second baseball book was to be a novel about the infamous 1919 Black Sox scandal. Though several drafts of the novel were written, it remained unpublished--until now. Editors Ron Briley, Margaret Davidson, and James Barbour worked with the various manuscript drafts to see Farrell's vision to print as Dreaming Baseball. Farrell's Donovan speaks, feels, and dreams for all baseball fans in this wonderfully rich novel about our favorite American pastime.

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Farrell, author of the classic "Studs Lonigan" trilogy, dreamed of playing second base for the Chicago White Sox. When eight players accepted money from gamblers to throw the World Series, the ... Read full review


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Ron Briley, assistant headmaster and teacher of history at Sandia Preparatory School, is the author of "Class at Bat, Gender on Deck and Race in the Hole: A Line-Up of Essays on Twentieth Century Culture and America's Game,"
Michael K. Schoenecke is professor of literature and languages at Texas Tech University.
Deborah A. Carmichael, assistant professor at Michigan State University, is associate editor of the journal "Film & History" and editor of the collection "The Landscape of Hollywood Westerns: Ecocriticism in an American Film Genre,"

Margaret Davidson, Ph.D. University of California at Davis, taught at Carleton College and Southern Methodist University.

A.J. Liebling joined the staff of "The New Yorker" in 1935 and wrote for the magazine until his death in 1963. Fred Warner and James Barbour are emeritus professors at the University of New Mexico.

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