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Summer of '49 (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) Paperback – May 9, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
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
Halberstam was a cut above. Could even make a sports book resonate.Published 10 days ago by David Edwards
Halberstram puts you in dugout. If you are a Red Sox fan it will hurt you understand why the Yankees won and the Sox always seemed destined for heartbreak. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Publius
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 8 months ago by jaded