You Know Me Al: A Busher's Letters
by Ring Lardner
One of the classic baseball stories, "You Know Me Al," first published in 1914, tells the story of the fictional Jack Keefe, a bush league baseball ... Show synopsis One of the classic baseball stories, "You Know Me Al," first published in 1914, tells the story of the fictional Jack Keefe, a bush league baseball player who earns a trip to the majors to pitch for the Chicago White Sox. Set in pre-World War I, the book is comprised of letters that Keefe sends to his "old pal" Al. Through the letters, the self-centered Keefe reveals his regular struggles to maintain his position in the big leagues as well as his personal life and juggle his financial difficulties. Nevertheless, the tales from on and off the field as he travels with the team are full of wit, insight, and entertainment. They include Keefe's encounters with baseball legends such as Ty Cobb, Charles Comiskey, Walter Johnson, and Eddie Cicotte. In this edition of the book, which includes a foreword by acclaimed writer John Thorn, readers can relive all of the glory of this historic era of baseball through the eyes of one of Ring Lardner's most comical characters, a century after his creation!