May 2016

Fall from Grace

By Paul Hagen / MLB.com

fallfromgraceTime has only added to the mystique of Shoeless Joe Jackson. There have been movies, a Broadway play, books and documentaries featuring his role in the 1919 Black Sox Scandal. There is a museum dedicated to his life in his hometown of Greenville, S.C.

Despite that, Jackson exists in most memories as a one-dimensional, almost cartoonish caricature. The unschooled farm boy who may or may not have been hoodwinked by crooked teammates and big-city gamblers to help throw the World Series.

“Fall from Grace: The Truth and Tragedy of Shoeless Joe Jackson” helps flesh out that portrait and add context to the actions of a player who was banned from baseball for life for his part in the scheme. Nearly a century later, there are periodic grassroots movements to reinstate the .356 lifetime hitter and make him eligible for the Hall of Fame.

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The Cardinals Way

From Cardinals Insider

thecardinalswayFor baseball fans who want an in-depth look at what makes the St. Louis Cardinals a successful franchise, a new book called, “The Cardinals Way” traces the team’s legacy from its humble beginnings a century ago to the impressive postseason runs of this era.

Journalist Howard Megdal joined Chairman and CEO of the Cardinals, Bill DeWitt and Senior Vice President and General Manager, John Mozeliak for a panel discussion at Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar in Ballpark Village. Cardinals broadcaster, Dan McLaughlin moderated the panel.

For the book’s author Howard Megdal, what stands out about the Cardinals organization is the legacy of Bill DeWitt.

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