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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



"An intriguing account of one of the most fascinating years in baseball history. I learned something new on every page."  —Tim Kurkjian, ESPN baseball commentator


"Some of my favorite things about baseball got started in 1939—Little 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



"For those of you who didn't get to see the baseball stars of 1939 play the game, reading Talmage's book is almost as good."  —Buck O'Neil, chairman, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum


"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

About the Author

Talmage Boston has been writing about baseball for twelve years and has published more than sixty-five articles, columns, and reviews in the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Elysian Fields Quarterly, and the Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives-Sports Figures.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bright Sky Press (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193172153X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931721530
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been a baseball fan for over 50 years and I have a library full of baseball books. I've even done some free-lance baseball writng of my own. So I don't give out praise lightly. This is a wonderful book and I would have to rank it on my list of Top 10 All-Time Favorites. It is more than just a baseball book...it covers a slice of Americana that all students of American history should find of interest.

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.
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This informative and engaging book covers the state of baseball in a key year. In 1939 Lou Gherig retired due to a tragic illness, Bob Feller emerged to win 24 games, Ted Williams arrived in Boston, and the Hall of Fame and Little League World Series began. That was the year the last holdouts (Dodgers, Giants, Yankees) began radio broadcasts, night baseball increased, and television was even used experimentally. Readers learn about broadcaster Red Barber of Brooklyn, the thriving Negro Leagues, and increasing editorials for ending baseball's color barrier. There is also a look at umpire Bill Klem, and Cincinnati's "Deacon" Bill McKechnie, who'se intellect and patience were (and remain) a rarity among managers. Author Talmage Boston provides us with an 12 documented and easy-reading chapters. The result is an informative, enjoyable read for old-timers, and anybody else interested in the game.
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I bought this book after hearing the author Talmage Boston interview Henry Kissinger in Dallas. When I looked up something about Talmage, I discovered this book. No matter how I found it, I'm glad I did. 1939 - what a year for so many of the most historical events and people in baseball history. I may be the last baseball fan to learn about the myth of Abner Doubleday. Isn't that interesting history? Everything in this book is interesting history to me.
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Baseball fan or not, you will love Talmage Boston's 1939: Baseball's Tipping Point. The chapters on Lou Gehrig and the Negro Leagues will move you, and the chapter about the Baseball Hall of Fame will surprise you. It's a fascinating read, written from the heart, but with a lot of sweat from the brow. Baseball players were my heroes when I was a kid, but Boston's book is better than most games I've been to lately. Hope he publishes another one soon.
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Assemble baseball historians over their favorite adult beverages with the topic "most important," "most pivotal," "most famous" baseball season and the conversation heatedly rolls.
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.
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