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1939: Baseball's Tipping Point Hardcover – March 1, 2005
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"Thought-provoking and entertaining, a rare mix. History should always be this good." Dallas Morning News
"Some of my favorite things about baseball got started in 1939Little League, the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and televised baseball games. Talmage brings these stories back to life." Nolan Ryan, Hall of Fame pitcher
"There are too few seasons like 1939, and too few writers like Talmage." Rob Neyer, ESPN.com
"1939 was the most important year in baseball history, and Talmage Boston captures it all. This book is a delight." Richard J. Tofel, author, A Legend in the Making: The New York Yankees
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The author has done a compelling job developing his premise that 1939 was a extremely important year in the history of baseball and in the history of the United States. The book is actually a collection of twelve essays covering pivotal events and dominant personalities from the baseball world of 1939. Other reviewers have covered these topics, which include notables such as Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Lou Gerhig, Leo Durocher, and the great broadcaster Red Barber. I found each essay to be well written and highly informative. Mr Boston has certainly done his research on the selected subjects and he writes in an engaging, highly enjoyable style that kept me turning the pages.
Even though most of the material was familiar territory to an old basball fan like me, I found that I learned something from each essay. Leo Durocher is my favorite character in baseball, and I've studied him intently. And yet I found the chapter devoted to him to be delightful and contained a lot of information that I was not familiar with. Likewise, the chapter on the Reds' great manager Bill McKechnie - one of the lesser known personalities that the author covers - was actually my favorite; and Mr.Boston has convinced me that Bill McKechnie is one of the most underrated managers in the history of the game.Read more ›
Strong cases can be made for several seasons from baseball's past. In my pomposity I always insisted 1947 the most pivotal because of Branch Rickey's breaking of the game's color code with Jackie Robinson. There's no argument, 1947 was a strong and very important year for the game and for society.
My friend and Dallas-lawyer-baseball historian-writer Talmage Boston has changed my mind with his work "1939 Baseball's Tippping Point." So much import was packed that year into a six month baseball season.
Over two years before U.S. involvement in World War II, young up and coming stars outfielder Ted Williams and pitcher Bob Feller had begun showing the stuff that would lead to the Hall of Fame. That year, neither had become jaundiced due to what both thought was an excessive amount of career time lost due to the war effort. Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio began defining his career as elite that year.
In 1939 Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Larry McPhail began dragging a lowly franchise out of the doldrums. By hiring fiery Leo Durocher to manage the club, McPhail served notice to his players and other clubs that wins were expected in Brooklyn. By wisely breaking a very silly, sophomoric ban on radio broadcasts, McPhail with the hiring of southerner Red Barber to call Dodgers games, took soap operas away from New York women and gave them the game. In doing so, the Dodgers created a completely new, educated genre of fan--females. That year, Barber also broadcast baseball's first televised game.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like baseball history? If so, this is a must read. Talmadge tells the story well!Published 9 months ago by Gene Deutscher
A very well researched book. Highly recommended for anyone how enjoys reading baseball history. There is no excuse for the typos, but it is still an excellent read.Published on September 22, 2012 by johnmh71
Hats off to Talmage! Being an avid baseball fan, I have read many baseball books. I discovered many new significant factual nuggets and saw a great number of photographs that I'd... Read morePublished on July 11, 2008 by Robert A. Rose
This is an excellent baseball book -- about the unique baseball happenings in 1939. Each chapter is devoted to a special story ... Read morePublished on November 13, 2007 by Greg Langdon
I have read this book....TWICE. You need to read it because it is different from any book on baseball you have ever read. Read morePublished on February 20, 2007 by Richard E. Larson
1939: Baseball's Tipping Point is simply one of the best historical baseball books that I have ever read. Read morePublished on September 26, 2005 by John B. Esch