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Summer of Shadows: A Murder, a Pennant Race, and the Twilight of the Best Location in the Nation

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Summer of Shadows is an intertwining narrative that tells the story of the 1954 Cleveland Indians (which would etch itself in history as one of the greatest baseball teams in MLB history) and the infamous murder of the wife of Dr. Sam Sheppard in their home along the shore of Lake Erie--which held both the city and the nation spellbound that summer. Both of these generatio ...more
ebook, 473 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Clerisy Press
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This book moved me to tears. Granted, it does not take much these days. But I was not expecting the emotional impact. I already know that a lot of readers will think this is a Sam Sheppard book and will be distracted and bored by all of the baseball. Others will think this is a baseball book and will wonder why Sam Sheppard keeps interrupting the play-by-play. In reality, this is a Cleveland book. And it might take a Clevelander to appreciate it. However, I believe that readers who are intrigued ...more
Summer of 1954......three stories

:The Cleveland Indians battled their arch-rivals...The New York Yankees...for the Pennant....only to lose the World Series to....The New York Giants

:Marilyn Sheppard was found, brutally murdered, in the home she shared with her husband...the charismatic "Dr Sam'...the prime suspect....His subsequent trial thrilled the nation

:The seeds of economic failure were being sown....thereby turning THE BEST LOCATION IN THE NATION into THE MISTAKE BY THE LAKE

I have to admit
Robert Morrow
After reading three lengthy histories and Margaret Atwood's depressing dystopia, all I wanted was to relax with a baseball book from the pre-DH era when baseball was truly the national pastime, when the sun shined on men and women in hats and bleacher seats were under a dollar.

Summer of Shadows gave me so much more! First, it is a great baseball book about the 1954 Cleveland Indians, the team that set the American League record for wins prior to flaming out in the World Series. Jonathan Knight c
Brock DuPont Dupont
This book was EXTREMELY good. I rated it a 5 out of 5 because it was something that I was interested in. Baseball is my favorite sport and the city of Cleveland really interested me. Also the mysterious murder of Marilyn Sheppard was really intriguing to me.

My book had many strength and no many weaknesses. The greatest strength of my book was also a weakness. I loved how detailed it was but sometimes they would describe one person over two full pages. Another strength was the two completely dif
Dale Stonehouse
With a historical backdrop unique to its place and time, the author weaves subplots masterfully into a narrative that should hold the interest of even the casual reader. Nothing makes a book more readable than the passion an author holds for his subject matter; Summer of Shadows is a prime example.
This is a very good baseball history book, especially for Cleveland Indians fans. The book focuses on the 1954 Indian's season while also examining the Dr. Sam Shepard murder case, which happened that same summer. I really enjoyed the book.
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Connected to Cleveland athletics since the weekend he was born - when Brian Sipe led the Browns to a come-from-behind fourth-quarter victory - Jonathan Knight has been writing about Northeast Ohio athletics for more than 25 years. Starting at the age of eight when he began producing a homemade Browns newsletter, he's gone on to publish eight books on Cleveland sports. A graduate of Ohio University ...more
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