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Contemporary: Featured Work


The Natural

by Bernard Malamud

Some “Text to Text” & “Text to World” connections to explore...

Major League Baseball 


The Roy Hobbs - Eddie Waitkus Connection

NY Times:

"Ruth Steinhagen is Dead at 83; Shot a Ballplayer


"Casey at the Bat"


The 1919 Black Sox Scandal



Baseball Hall of Fame

All-American Girls Professional Baseball League


"A Game for All: Women Have Been Establishing a Foothold in Professional Baseball Since 1898"

Baseball and Jackie Robinson




"The Natural:Hit or Myth?" by Frank Deford



Read "Who's on First?"  and then take a look at Abbott & Costello in action here:


"Homer at the Bat"- here's a clip from this episode of The Simpsons which offers many text connections to The Natural:



Click here to explore The Tenth Inning a documentary by Ken Burns.


Watch The Tenth Inning: Preview on PBS. See more from The Tenth Inning.


The Natural (2008- Starring Robert Redford)

Click here to see the trailer.

Click here for cast & crew credits.

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources

Short Story: "The First Seven Years" -p. 998 

Audio Book/MP3

Sadly, The Natural isn't available for free. Click here to download the MP3 for a fee.