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A Season in the Sun

A Season in the Sun [Kindle Edition]

Roger Kahn
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Baseball is too often confused with the Major Leagues... Baseball is also college and Little League, high school and vacant lot and American Legion and Class A. 'A season in the sun' takes its form from Roger Kahn's notion of baseball's scope. To make this book, Kahn spent [a] summer touching down at the four corners of the baseball world... For baseball's characteristic stories - anecdotes and lore the game is rich with - Roger Kahn is best of all, with his sweet ear for the cadence of baseball talk... Take Roger Kahn's 'A season in the sun' down from the bookshelf to hear the soft baseball voices repeating old games in your ear, stories for summer nights or for long winters away from the diamond and the green." - New York Times Book Review

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For one full baseball season in 1976, Roger Kahn returned to his favorite sport to see how it was doing, talk to some of its practitioners and veterans, and try to find out whether it still the same old magic.

His search led him from small college teams in rural Arkansas, whose every member hopes to make the Majors, to Houston for a look at the financial disaster of the Astros and the Astrodome, and to Los Angeles to explore the modern miracle of Walter O’Malley’s Dodgers. It brought him interviews with old friends like restaurateur Stan Musial, boat salesman Early Wynn, and the courageous baseball maverick Bill Veeck, now owner of the Chicago White Sox. He was able to observe a superb New England Class A team that plays to empty stands because of TV, and the phenomenon of baseball enthusiasm on Roberto Clemente’s Caribbean island. Finally, it gave him the chance to get to know the incomparable Johnny Bench and to spend part of the 1976 Yankees-Reds World Series in the company of the Series’ most valuable player.

A SEASON IN THE SUN is more than a book about baseball. Like Roger Kahn’s classic THE BOYS OF SUMMER, it is a warm and affectionate evocation of small-town and big-town America.

Praise for Roger Kahn:

"As a kid, I loved sports first and writing second, and loved everything Roger Kahn wrote. As an adult, I love writing first and sports second, and love Roger Kahn even more." —Pulitzer Prize winner, David Maraniss

"He can epitomize a player with a single swing of the pen." —TIME magazine

"Roger Kahn is the best baseball writer in the business." —Stephen Jay Gould, New York Review of Books

"Kahn has the almost unfair gift of easy, graceful writing." —BOSTON HERALD

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 322 KB
  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Diversion Books (27 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Y8SA56
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #427,015 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball, the Americans national game 26 April 2002
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Kahn loves baseball. Whether it be a major league team like the Los Angeles Dodgers, or minor league teams playing in front of crowds of a few dozen, or high school games, or groups of kids just knocking a ball around with a bat,Kahn's respect and regard are obvious. In 1976 Kahn spent the whole season travelling through the country finding baseball people to tell their stories, and in his impeccable prose we are given an insight into why baseball is classed as their national game. Ever wondered why an American film always shows a father and son "playing ball" to symbolise their closeness? Read this and you won't wonder again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work 21 Nov 2013
By shay
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I enjoy roger khans work but found it difficult to see the purpose of this book.It had no real central theme and seemed to meander as it progressed.Sorry but I cannot really recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice look at baseball on all its' levels. 19 Mar 2013
By Kareem Moreland - Published on
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As much as baseball has changed through the years it really has stayed the same. Got that feeling reading this book. Even in the 1970s, a lot of the same issues baseball deals with now were there then, just on a lesser scale. And also think how much less fun summer would be without baseball. Roger Kahn never really disappoints with his books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read for a 70's Baseball Fan 18 Feb 2013
By Richard K. Hall - Published on
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A good,quick read on the 1976 season as seen through the eyes of Roger Kahn. If you were a baseball fan during the 70's,like myself,you should enjoy this book. Not a lot of depth but some good stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a season in the sunI 15 Dec 2009
By Edward J. Cooke - Published on
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If you enjoyed " The Boys of Summer " , you will enjoy this book .
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read but maybe dated 15 Oct 2013
By Dr. R.P. Forsberg - Published on
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For someone of my age, this was a great read - these were the players of my childhood. For any baseball fanatic with a sense of history, well worth reading - Kahn is well-known for his wonderful sports writing. For younger folks who aren't all that connected to the old, golden days of baseball (50's-60's), it is still an interesting read, but maybe not as great for them as for me. If you've never seen the players chronicled, maybe it will interest you as history or seem a bit dated.
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Kahn 1 April 2013
By Ira H. Bernstein - Published on
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I love Kahn's writing and wish there were more books of this stripe. It is not quite as good as "The Boys of Summer" but close.
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