Heroes have a habit of growing larger over time, as do the arenas in which they excelled. The 1964 World Series between the Yankees and Cardinals was coated in myth from the get-go. The Yankees represented the establishment: white, powerful, and seemingly invincible. The victorious Cards, on the other hand, were baseball's rebellious future: angry and defiant, black, and challenging. Their seven-game barnburner, played out against a backdrop of an America emerging from the Kennedy assassination, escalating the war in Vietnam, and struggling with civil rights, marked a turning point--neither the nation, nor baseball, would ever be quite so innocent again. Halberstam, one of the great reporters of the '60s, looks back in this marvelous and spirited elegy to the era, the game, and players such as Mantle, Maris, Ford, Gibson, Brock, and Flood with a clear eye in search of the truth that time has blurred into legend. His confident prose, diligent reporting, and deft analysis make it clear how much more interesting--and forceful--the truth can be.
This follow-up to the best-selling Summer of '49 assesses the Yankee-Cardinal World Series of 1964.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Interesting and in some parts semi-exciting but certainly not a "page turner"!Published 1 month ago by Philip A Headley
A good read. Brought back that golden age of baseball and the changes that were taking place in the game.Published 2 months ago by Richard C. Williams
Recap of the season with the Cardinals and the Yankees as the main subject. The author has an excellent way of putting you into the scene or game he is describing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Sparrenberger
Well written synopsis of that baseball. He is a great story teller. These players come alive, what they were like, how they acted on the field n dugout.Published 5 months ago by Don Stuber