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Memories of Summer: When Baseball Was an Art and Writing About it a Game Paperback – April 1, 1998
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As soon as I started reading, I was hooked. Although I was not alive during the 1950's, I have always been fascinated with baseball during that era, particularly the lovable Brooklyn Dodgers. Kahn's latest book does such a wonderful job of describing what it was like to be around baseball every day in that bygone era.
The easiest interview I have ever done was that one I did with Roger. His love for baseball was evident from the first question I asked him. His insight gained from covering the Dodgers in the 1950's is something every baseball fan could use. In this season of home runs, the average fan is once again starting to appreciate baseball. Roger Kahn will make you appreciate it even more.
There's not one place in this book where names and stats are thrown at the reader; every name and every statistic is a story, some seen from the wide eyes of a child and some with the reverence of an adult around his human heroes. Neither is this book a whitewash nor the disillusionment of heroes not living up to their image: Everyone is alive and fresh, everyone has a meticulously researched backstory told with a folksy sense of humor about their all-too-human foibles. Mixed into the stories are comments from the people involved from interviews many years later, when they can look back with more honesty, written in seamlessly. Of course not everyone's stories match - instead of choosing a truth, Khan just lays a few sides out, lets the reader feel some of the disharmony that occasionally shook the teams, without stopping to exhaustively debate the reality of each.
It's very obvious that Khan is an astute master of language, someone who spent fifty years not only writing stories daily but perfecting his craft. The emotion he pours into every page never comes off tacky or trite, it's manly but not chauvinistic, and filled with a lifelong boyish wonder. Most of all, the retelling of each game is something special, breathing life back into an afternoon decades past.Read more ›
Though he grew up a Dodger fan, forced to wait 'til next year seemingly forever, his love not just for the Dodgers, but for the game, is made manifest through his memoir and his reprinted articles. His painting of baseball in his earlier years as a game engulfed in wonder and mystique is shared by many who cherish old-time baseball.
Kahn is not remiss in placing baseball in the context of the social realm in which it was played--a time where writers were reluctant to write about the off-the-field lives of players and where racism, which barred blacks from playing in the majors for almost 50 years, slowly gave way to integration, very slowly. He saw the Jackie Robinsons and the Willie Mays and the Monte Irvins in Major League Baseball as baseball players, not black baseball players.
This book is funny at times, sad at others, but always piques interest. Kahn does an outstanding job of painting vivid images of a time when baseball truly was an art, and writing about it truly a game.
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lovers who value the essence of the sport and the human quality of its protagonists over cold statistics. Need I say more?Published 23 days ago by Jose F. Vega
Excellent book. Kahn paints a sepia toned picture of that great era of baseball. I'm a Giants fan but Mr. Khan's eloquence had me rooting for Jackie, Pee Wee & Co.Published 2 months ago by Krysch
Mickey,Willie and the Duke. Great song, Great book, a great time in the history of Americas GamePublished 3 months ago by Ralph L Dickenson
This is a compilation of old notes and essays Kahn had available to put together into a book. I am not sure how much of this has been previously published. Read morePublished 7 months ago by George Cummins
A good book but not a bell ringer. Roger Kahn has written much better books....Published 11 months ago by Philip A Headley
If you like baseball and its history this is very good. It clears up some myths and gives good insight to the game, especially the '50s.Published 14 months ago by C. Bruce Cornett