In his fact-based novel, This Never Happened, to be published on April 28th, J. B. Manheim takes a look at one of the oft-told legends of early 20th century baseball—that Christy Mathewson died of TB after being exposed to poison gas in a training accident. But the details of Mathewson’s demise never quite added up. When J. B. discovered genuine army documents from WWI that placed Mathewson and other all-time greats, including Ty Cobb, Big Ed Walsh, and Honus Wagner, at a military training camp in the summer of 1918, the author’s imagination began to race.
The result is a fictionalized account of what might actually have happened to Matty. Part Da VinciCode, part historical novel, This Never Happened takes readers back to the days of The Great War, through the1930s when newspapers were peoples’ strongest link to baseball, to the present day and a cover-up that reaches the highest level of baseball.
Fact and fiction are interwoven into a multigenerational story of million-dollar memorabilia, superstars from baseball's early days, and a colossal cover-up perpetrated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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