Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston Paperback – September 2, 2003
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
R.C. Cottrell, California State Univ., Chico
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
just finished their first season of a new era. An era promising to right
every wrong of the past 101 seasons. The sad part is that in reading this
book we come away with the feeling that there is more to the antidote than
simply John Henry, new seats at Fenway, and the mere promise of final racial
equality for the team. Howard Bryant, while publicly a journalist covering
the rival New York Yankees, is also a black man who grew up in the city of
Boston during its most turbulent period for blacks- the school busing crisis
of the early 1970s. Bryant's journalistic talents shine brightly throughout
this well-written expose. He begins the story with a good deal of Boston
history entirely unrelated to baseball. He examines early 19th century
Boston when it was known to blacks as home to the abolitionist movement.
Tracing Boston's slow move away from perceived abolitionist leanings and
into political rivalries among various groups, he shows a city ripe with
prejudice. The Boston Red Sox of the early Tom Yawkey era was very much a
club. Yawkey surrounded himself with cronies who thought very much the way
he did. While never publicly speaking out against the idea of integrated
baseball, others in his organization did. From the eloquent dodging of the
question by General Manager Eddie Collins to the very public racist comments
of Manager Pinky Higgins we learn how a team who could have been the first
in baseball to integrate, became the absolute last.Read more ›
His chapter on the role the media, particularly the Globe played in the story is particularly notable, as are the voices of so many of the affected Red Sox players, i.e. Earl Wilson, Pumpsie Green, Jim Rice and Ellis Burks, among others. It would have been easy to write a screed that could be easily ignored, but Bryant painstakingly pins the story to the ground, step by step. Anyone serious about baseball, fan or insider, should read this.
I had no perceptions of race and sports at the tender age of 9 and the misty memories of youth are shown a touch of reality of how the team was insulated from the integration of the sport.
While we can run around and spout about "The Curse", this book explains where the true curse lies and how the team may have had the opportunity to wave a few more pennants and maybe a World Series victory after 1918 if the right social decisions had been made.
But, the sometime Calvinistic instincts of Red Sox fans would be taken away and we wouldn't be able to wallow in our misery of having someone (the Yankees) or something ("The Curse") to blame for the drought of a World Series victory.
Buy or read this book for some real history and not for some nostalgia of a myth.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Find out how the Red Sox could have been greater if the owner was not so racist.Published 11 months ago by The Mad One
I highly recommend this book, i'm about half way thru and so far it's a very good book. i like how they talk about the times in the 60's and 70's, when i was coming up. Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by Thomas R. Garcia
I grew up in Boston with the Red Sox and knew much of the racial history of the team, but this book filled in the gaps and honestly addressed the often disappointing and... Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Michael Herlihy
I can't say whether I would've liked the entire book. But I can say that the pages I read which included the story of Charles Stuart killing his wife for insurance money and... Read morePublished on September 30, 2011 by W. Powell
I picked up Howard Bryant's coverage of race and baseball in the city of Boston at the outstanding Brattle Book Shop at 9 West Street during my first visit to the city a few weeks... Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by Michael Javier
This is one of the best books I have read. While it may be centered on baseball, and the title certainly implies as much, this is much more than just a book about baseball. Read morePublished on August 3, 2009 by Phil Kasiecki
This book is a marvel of reporting. A tightly written exposure of eth Yawkey traditions and how the cronyism of the Sox ownership was teh real "curse" of the Sox. Read morePublished on March 25, 2007 by Ryan T. Cooney
THIS IS AN INTERESTING BOOK AT TIMES AND VERY TRUE. THE AUTHOR SEEMS TO KEEP TELLING US ABOUT THE WORKOUT JACKIE ROBINSON HAD WITH THE RED SOX THAT WAS STAGED TO COVERUP THE TRUTH... Read morePublished on March 27, 2004
In my opinion, the exploration of racism in the Boston Red Sox baseball organization is just an awesome, interesting topic for a book. Read morePublished on December 16, 2003