The Boys of Summer: The Classic Narrative of Growing Up Within Shouting Distance of Ebbets Field, Covering the Jackie Robinson Dodgers, an Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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17 January 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Richard Williams of the Guardian alerted me to this reissue of a book first published in 1972. It recounts the achievements of the the great Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team of the early 1950s, before the franchise was shifted to LA, but the real meat of the book is the author's pilgrimage to all parts of the USA to find out how the heroes of the fifties are faring fifteen years on. Roger Kahn was "embedded" with the team and enjoyed their confidences when he reported on their playing days, so he is welcomed and trusted when he reappears later in their lives. The stories which emerge are moving, inspiring, sad and funny, but from all of them you get a sense of the nobility of these professional sportsmen, and the telling is superbly done.
22 February 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Reads like a collection of individual stories centered around a team in the middle of the most progressive time in Baseball. Although I enjoyed the book it seemed in the wrong order (or 2 separate books?). The author's own story is quite interesting and sets the scene - the real value is in the players. The last section of the players stories is great.
7 January 2017
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Even for a non-baseball fan this was a very interesting book, particularly what the 'boys of summer' were doing once retired.
26 April 2002
Some sports lend themselves to quality writing. In the UK the finest prose is almost always devoted to cricket. Perhaps it's the slow pace,allowing contemplation, punctuated by bursts of intense action, or its historical link to some pastoral England which may or may not have existed. . Baseball is similarly blessed in the USA,and Kahn's book with its thoughtful ,insightful and moving style, its unashamed and autobiographical content, and its warts and all description of the struggles of black athletes for acceptance in 1950s America, is outstanding. Its greatest triumph, though, is the obvious love and respect that the author has not only for the game but also those flawed and complex characters who played it. The book glows with this warmth, as it follows the mixed fortunes of the 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers some 20 years later.
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As a baseball ignoramus, a lot of this book whistled over my head like a hundred-mile an hour hard ball.Read more
Roger Kahn has long been hailed as the greatest American sports writer and after reading 'The Boys Of Summer' it is easy to see why.Read more