What Do I Read Next?
- Like Shoeless Joe, Kinsella's second novel, The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (1986) has mystical overtones of magic and religion as revealed in the rituals of baseball. A man who tries to prove there was a minor league in Iowa in the early 1900s is whisked back in time to witness and participate in it.
- Say It Ain't So, Joe!: The True Story of Shoeless Joe Jackson (2nd ed., 1999), by Donald Gropman, is a readable, well-researched biography of Shoeless Joe Jackson. The author argues that Jackson had no involvement in the Black Sox scandal of 1919.
- The Boys of Summer (1972), by Roger Kahn, is a classic piece of baseball writing. Kahn grew up as a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and, as a young journalist, he traveled with the team in 1952 and 1953. His memoir includes poignant accounts of the lives of the players after their playing days were over.
- Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series (1962), by Eliot Asinof, is the most comprehensive investigation of the famous scandal. It makes for a vivid and exciting read.
- The Legend of Bagger Vance, by Steven Pressfield, does for golf what Shoeless Joe did for baseball. It's a novel about golf that also presents golf as a metaphor for life, for which it draws on the religious philosophy of the classic Indian text, the Bhagavad Gita.
- Some critics regard The Natural, by Bernard Malamud (1952), as the greatest baseball novel ever written. The main character, Roy Hobbs, is a composite of Joe Jackson, Babe Ruth, and Eddie Waitkus; his bat, Wonderboy, is a refashioning of Jackson's famous bat, called Black Betsy.