A novel by James T. Farrell
Edited by Ron Briley, Margaret Davidson, and James Barbour
Sports Series #4
courtesy of our partner, Atlas
A new novel from the author of the Studs Lonigan trilogy
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 Though several draft s of the novel were written, it remained unpublished—until now.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.
“The heart of Farrell’s baseball novel
is the story of a young boy who dreams of playing one day for his hometown
team and lives that dream, only to see it ruined by the social realities
and personal failure that often shadow the dreamer. For Farrell, baseball
is where youthful dreams begin, but it’s also a test of character
when the dream-come-true becomes a nightmare. In Dreaming Baseball, we
learn if a love of baseball is strong enough to survive the game’s
—from the Foreword by Eliot Asinof, author of Eight Men Out
James T. Farrell (1904–1979) was
the author of more than twenty-five novels, short stories, and critical works
as well as a devoted baseball fan. A prolific writer for five decades, he
is often regarded as a master of American naturalism.
Ron Briley is assistant headmaster at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is also adjunct professor of history at the University of New Mexico-Valencia campus.
Margaret Davidson, Ph.D. University of California at Davis, taught at Carleton College and Southern Methodist University.
James Barbour, Ph.D. UCLA, has written on Melville, Hemingway, baseball, and other topics, and his work has been published in numerous journals.