With a new introduction by celebrated baseball writer Roger Kahn and a new afterword by the author, updating John Henry's first year of ownership after nearly six decades of the Yawkey dynasty, the legacy of the late Will McDonough, and the author's return to his native Boston after a seventeen-year absence, Shut Out has reopened the discussion of baseball, race, and Boston with a new candor.
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About the Author
Howard Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN the Magazine and the author of Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball, and The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron. He is the editor of The Best American Sports Writing 2017. He appears regularly on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters, ESPN First Take, Outside the Lines, and serves as sports correspondent for NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A must read for all Red Sox fans.
Respecting Howard Bryant for his fine journalistic work at the Boston Herald, I purchased this book. What I soon discovered was a piece of work that is a must read for not only Red Sox fans, not only Bostonians, but for everyone. Shut Out is an eye opening, sometimes chilling look at a team and it's city. Howard Bryant, with great detail due to his endless research, responsibly but at the same time pulls no punches and is unapologetic. He not only details the injustice and the attitudes of the Red Sox and of Boston in their dealings with race but also causes the reader to think, to really think honestly about his or her own attitudes about race. Bryant is brilliant here. The book, despite the heavy topic is for the lack of a better word, entertaining. Couldn't put the thing down, eagerly turning the next page. At the same time so enlightening, and puts the reader on an emotional roller coaster, celebrating the successes, exposing the injustices. Mr. Bryant's work is a work that any social scientist would respect and is anything but a 'typical' sports book. I reach for words to accurately describe the impact that this book had on me. Any book that causes the reader to pause, to think and reflect is a book that has hit home. Howard Bryant has hit a home run.