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A Tale of Three Cities: The 1962 Baseball Season in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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Sadly, Travers falls well short of these expectations.
The book describes itself as the story of three cities. But New York, the Center of the Baseball Universe for five decades, receives short shrift, even with the unbelievably inept New York Mets and the still dominant Yankees offering plenty of material.
He also presents a disturbingly biased attitude towards the Dodger-Giant rivalry. His disdain for the Giants, and anything associated with the city of San Francisco, is blatant and distracts from the story of an incredible pennant race.
However, the most disturbing thing is the haphazard, careless and amateurish editing throughout the book. Anecdotes are introduced, but left unfinished; other incidents are reported twice, with different facts; and some events (especially in recounting the World Series) are told in confusing, random order. There are even grammar and spelling errors that most 6th graders should catch.
1962 was a marvelous year for all of baseball (even though, as a Dodger fan, I found the conclusion depressing), but this book only manages to leave a bad taste in your mouth.
For reasons known only to him, Travers spends an inordinate amount of ink on what he believes are the shortcomings of San Francisco writers of the time, especially Charles McCabe who gets more lines of type than Buzzie Bavasi or Harvey Kuenn or Jose Pagan or several other ballplayers. Here is where Travers desperately needed an editor who would stop him from writing things such as this: "...In a scant 200 years [the United States] had become the most powerful empire in the annals of mankind. McCabe and his kind were the last people on God's Earth to embrace knowledge of the fact that such a thing could happen only by a divine, guiding hand.Read more ›
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As an avid baseball fan, and especially of that incredible pennant race of 1962, Travers' book was a breath of proverbial fresh air, as he added insight into exactly what happened... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Michael E. Bolyog
This readable book describes the LA Dodgers and SF Giants in 1962, the two host cities, and occasionally the city (New York) they deserted five years earlier. Read morePublished 23 months ago by K.A.Goldberg
It's been a long time since I stopped reading a book because it was so bad, but that's what happened with this one. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by John J. Franco
A very fascinating year in Major League Baseball is let down by this very poor effort at writing about it. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by Brian Maitland
I was attracted to the book because 1962 was also one of the first seasons I vividly recall. Although the story is compelling as far as it goes, the Angels and Mets--the Angels in... Read morePublished on December 5, 2010 by Amazon Customer
IF YOU READ THE OTHER REVIEWS, NOT MANY LIKED THIS BOOK. I LIKED THE PARTS CONCERNING THE WAY THE WEATHER AFFECTED THE GIANTS PLAY AT CANDLESTICK PARK. Read morePublished on May 1, 2010 by COOL JEWEL
Each baseball season has the potential to be special and 1962 was no different. It was the year before JFK's assassination. Read morePublished on July 21, 2009 by Martin L