The Boys of Summer
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This is a book about young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s, and then went on to play for one of the most exciting major-league ball clubs ever fielded, the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson. It is a book by and about a sportswriter who grew up near Ebbets Field, and who had the good fortune in the 1950s to cover the Dodgers for the Herald Tribune. This is a book about what happened to Jackie, Carl Erskine, Pee Wee Reese, and the others when their glory days were behind them. In short, it is a book about America, about fathers and sons, prejudice and courage, triumph and disaster, and told with warmth, humor, wit, candor, and love.
For baseball lovers and everyone else
A great book even if you don't love baseball. I great look into new York of the 1950's. No matter what was going on in the rest of the world, it was still all about the Dodgers and the Yankees. Great writing, great subject. A sports classic.
One of the best sports books I have read. The Brooklyn Dodgers of the 50s- one of the best ever. Roger Kahn puts you right there. Excellent