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The Last At-Bat of Shoeless Joe

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Cleveland, in 1913.
Harris & Ewing Collection, Library of Congress
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"Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Cleveland, in 1913.

In his new novel, The Last At-Bat of Shoeless Joe (2019, Chickadee Prince), Granville Wyche Burgess  imagines Shoeless Joe Jackson, the outfielder disgraced in the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal, living in Greenville, South Carolina, and finding that sports history has one more twist in store for him.

New York Post baseball columnist Ken Davidoff writes, “The Last At-Bat of Shoeless Joe brilliantly bakes wish fulfillment into a period piece. A gripping story that is both illuminating and emotional, it’ll hook you early and won’t let go. Great for baseball fans, and even true-crime enthusiasts, of all ages.”

Granville Wyche Burgess joins Walter Edgar to talk about the novel and his career, including the creation of his 1987 musical, Conrack, based on Pat Conroy’s The Water is Wide.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.