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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 generati ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Clerisy Press
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Lori
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Judith
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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


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Pamela Montano
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's 1954 in Cleveland. The Indians led by Hank Greenberg are going to the World Series. Stouffer's, a favorite Cleveland area restaurant, has just come out with the first frozen food entrees. Dr. Sam Sheppard is on trial for allegedly killing his wife, Marilyn while she was pregnant with their second child. It's hailed as the Best Location in the Nation. It's a time of joy, sorrow and heartache for everyone watching.
James Morovich
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you love Cleveland history, baseball, or a puzzling mystery, or all three as in my case, read this book!

Jonathan Knight takes us back to the daily events of the Summer of 1954, as two intensely different stories unfolded and coincide on the shores of Lake Erie; the joy of the Cleveland Indians pennant run, and the sorrow and suspense of the Marilyn Shepherd murder mystery.

A page turner to the end!
Robert Morrow
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Dale Stonehouse
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jack
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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An interesting book for those who lived the events, heard about them, or just remember bits & pieces.
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Jonathan Knight has written ten books on Cleveland sports. Called "one of the most articulate and devoted sportswriters in Ohio" by the Akron Beacon Journal, Knight has been praised by the Plain Dealer, Cleveland Scene, Cleveland Magazine, and ESPN's Grantland.com. A graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, he's a member of both the Society for American Baseball Research an ...more