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Summer of '49 (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) Paperback – May 9, 2006
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- Martin J. Hudacs, Towanda H.S., Pa.
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In "Summer of '49," Halberstam not only gave us an engaging blow-by-blow of one of baseball's best pennant races, as well as some of the key minor players to accompany the all-star cast, he gave us a feel for why baseball was so important to so many people at the time. Even though the book is about two of the last Major League franchises to racially integrate (the Yankees in 1955, the Sox in '59), the crumbling of the color barrier works its way into the story nearly as deeply as the tales of the two teams' immigrants' sons (the DiMaggios, Pesky, Rizzuto). So do baseball's postwar popularity boom, the suburban flight that would soon force franchise shifts and expansion, and the dawn of the television age. The social perspective Halberstam sewed together is just as important, and colorful, as the fine drama that played out on the book's main stage.
Even if you aren't a fan of the Red Sox or Yankees or if 1949 isn't a part of your life, this is something for any student of the game. Of course, baseball is the main theme but it also ties in how much our culture is and was affected by it. And if you just want to learn more about DiMaggio or Williams, Halberstam offers great insight into the legendary players.
Even today, when it isn't the most popular sport in America, baseball still has sociological implications on society. I am definitely getting this for my dad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this book twenty five years ago and I always remembered the great pennant race that came down to the final game of the season. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jaded
I really enjoy a well researched book and this is one of those special books about baseball. This book covers so much about the players on two teams fighting for the American... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read Halberstam's October 1964 and this book was not as exciting. Baseball became a much greater, more interesting game after Jackie Robinson! The writing is good.Published 2 months ago by Wade Miller
While Summer of 1949 is not David Hallberstam’s most well-known book on baseball, Summer of ’49 displays the hallmarks of a David Hallberstam’s books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Griswold
A nice peek into a time when baseball was a game - the game I once loved. And a nice look at an era which should be remembered as golden. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jd
The single best book I have ever read about the Yankess and one of the best sports books. Halberstam narrates the roots of the Boston-New York rivalry that still exists to this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charles Mansfield
Excellent read!! Brings back many personal memories from the past when baseball was an affordable, fan-friendly sport, not a "money-grabbing" business!Published 4 months ago by underdog
Great book. Brings back memories. Slight difficulty with sentence structure.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer