Naperville Awards

Travels with ghosts and other tales

Travels with Ghosts and Other TalesHometown heroes and MLB Hall of Famers grace the pages of this retrospective on Ghost Player baseball. The Ghost Players team started as a lark that soon grew into something amazing that changed the lives of the players and the community they represented. They traveled the world and shared the magic of baseball with the Japanese people and US military personal and families in Asia, Europe and North America.

This image-rich, 182 page, 4-color coffee table book has a wonderful mixture of moments preserved for readers to enjoy. The book holds stories, poems and images of the team told through the voices of players, family and fans. Most of the stories are those of the players but included are stories from fans from as far away as Alaska and Japan. Also included are pieces from Rob Edelman, author of Great Baseball Films and Baseball on the Web. One chapter is dedicated to stories about the legendary baseball player, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.

The book was, written, printed and published in Iowa. The compositor was Shepherd Incorporated and Scott Printing was the printer/binder.

Travels with Ghosts and Other Tales is the first book by co-editor/authors Joe Scherrman and Suzanne Wright. Their book features the writings of many other authors but relies heavily on Wright's varied publishing experience.

As a student, Wright wrote for her high school and college newspapers, and was published in the Julien's Journal, the Telegraph Herald, and the short story collection, Three Hours on Thursdays.

It was while working for Shepherd that Scherrman and Wright met. Scherrman commissioned the book Travels with Ghosts and Other Tales. Soon there after, Wright was writing/editing the Ghost Player newsletter and website content.

Scherrman and Wright have since collaborated on multiple writing and film projects including video short scripts such as Flourishes and Floodwaters, and marketing pieces for the Ghost Players and DreamCatcher Productions.

Wright has since coauthored the book St. Mary's: The Finest Church West of the Mississippi with Candice Chaloupka.

Scherrman and Wright are in pre-production for a series of videos; working on a documentary, and continue to promote the Ghost Players so that their stories will not be lost.

Sponsors DreamCatcher Community Foundation Low and Inside Metro Studios Case IH