Contemporary:  1946 to Present

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" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

The 1919 Black Sox Scandal  

National Baseball Hall of Fame

All-American Girls Professional Baseball League  

Explore The Tenth Inning a documentary by Ken Burns.

Click here to learn more about the 1984 film version of The Natural - starring Robert Redford. 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources

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

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

See the Fox Sports promo for the episode "Homer at the Bat" . You can watch the full episode in class and discover the many text connections between this episode of The Simpsons and The Natural.