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The Deadball Files
A New Kind of Baseball Novel
It all seems so simple, so pure. But behind the green grass and iconic heroes, professional baseball has always been driven by greed, ambition, a thirst for fame, a lust for power, and a ceaseless conflict of motives that goes far beyond winning and losing. The hope is that no one notices. Arguably, no American institution outside of politics has replicated so well and for so long the seething social cauldron that bubbles just below the surface of American life, and none has hidden it so effectively. Perhaps in that sense as well, baseball truly is our National Pastime.
Take the many real and known missteps, mysteries, scandals, lies and coverups that have characterized the history of the sport. Mix in a few more that can seem just as real. Add a dash of realism that might be fiction, a dash of fiction that might be more real than you imagine, and you have the recipe for a series of baseball thrillers that take you to the secret heart and soul of baseball. That is The Deadball Files.
JB Manheim brings to life his decades of expertise in persuasion and strategic communication through these fictional stories of baseball behind the scenes. The Deadball Files will lead you to question whether what you think you know about the game and about the powers who control it is real, or whether it is just a carefully nurtured product of deception, misdirection, and propaganda.
The Deadball Files: Book One
But maybe you should.
Enter Liz Fairchild, the innocent bystander who literally holds the key to the entire mystery. Liz enlists the help of baseball sleuth Adam Wallace, fresh from uncovering the secret behind Christy Mathewson's death. Together they break through Baseball’s most impenetrable wall, only for Adam to be faced with an excruciating choice: Which sacred oath would he break?
More recently, however, baseball historians have taken a more nuanced view of the game's inception, and have discounted Doubleday's role altogether. Some have gone so far as to speculate that, being long dead when the myth was created around 1905, Doubleday was a convenient foil for a conspiracy led by Albert Spalding, an adherent of a prominent philosophical and religious movement of the day, to set in stone the American roots of the game.
What if the historians are right? And wrong? At the same time? What if we have only begun to grasp the true dimensions of the mystery surrounding Abner Doubleday and the origins of baseball?
Tech entrepreneur Paul Chi Mannington is after a still deeper truth, and Doubleday may point the way. Paul calls on baseball sleuth Adam Wallace to put the Doubleday myth to the test. But he's not the only one on Abner's trail!