A summary on Shoeless Joe written by W. P. Kinsella

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Ray Kinsella, a baseball fanatic, wandered to New Hampshire to find the novelist, J.D. Salinger, the man the mysterious voice had instructed him to find. Salinger, a retired novelist, did not trust Kinsella, a strange farmer from Iowa who was going to take him to a Red Sox game. Kinsella had got orders from the mysterious voice to take Salinger to the game where they would get their next instructions. Throughout their travels, Salinger and Kinsella try to solve the riddles of the mysterious voice and go to Kinsella's baseball field. But, in his head he heard; "If you build it, he will come" and Ray kept hearing that in his mind and he asked his wife and son if they heard that and they said no. But the next night, Ray hears that same voice; "If you build it, he will come" and Ray who was the biggest fan of Joe Jackson who was ban from baseball for gambling on the world series that he was playing in, saw his hero in a "Black Sox" uniform from the early 20's and he also saw the whole "Black Sox" team playing in his cornfield.

So, Ray wanted to see his hero and favorite team back in action, so once he heard that voice again he got all the supplies and cut all the corn down and made it into a nice beautiful baseball field just like the one he admired played on. Once it took about 6-7 months to build the baseball field, to grow back the grass for the outfield and to pad the infield with dirt and the mound and also make bleachers for Ray's family to watch, he saw these "ghosts" of Black Sox's started appearing on his field...