The writer has not seen a live baseball game for over twenty-five years.
When Ray reaches New Hampshire, he persuades the writer, through an act akin to a quasi-kidnapping, to accompany him to Fenway Park.
Next, Ray hears another announcement that says, “Ease his pain” (32).
Ray interprets this announcement as an instruction to seek the reclusive writer J. Salinger who, Ray believes, is a devout baseball fan, based on a newspaper article Ray once read.
Meanwhile, Moonlight Graham gets to fulfill his wish on the field.
Mark tells Ray that Eddie had never played for the Chicago Clubs, a fact that Ray has known for a long time.The novel tells the story of Ray Kinsella, who lives with his wife Annie and five-year-old daughter, Karin, on a farm in Iowa, where he grows corn.The writer weaves the narrative around the importance of baseball in the collective memory of Americans, and the social fabric of America.When the players appear again, there is another player, Johnny Kinsella, Ray’s father, on the field.However, Ray cannot gather the strength to face him.Super Summary, a modern alternative to Spark Notes and Cliffs Notes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature.This 36-page guide for “Shoeless Joe” by WP Kinsella includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 5 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis.At the Boston Red Sox game, Ray is surprised to learn that Salinger has no love for baseball and that the interview in which he had talked of his love for baseball was a fake one.While watching the game, Ray receives yet another mysterious message about a baseball player named Moonlight Graham who played for the New York Giants in 1905.Also, the fact that Salinger had created characters named Ray Kinsella and Richard Kinsella, the name of Ray’s twin brother, makes Ray feel that his connection with Salinger goes beyond their common love of baseball.Ray decides to pay a visit to the writer and take him to a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston.