The Boys of Summer Author:Roger Kahn This is a book about some young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s in such places as Reading, Pennsylvania; Anderson, Indiana; Plainfield, New Jersey; Woonsocket, Rhode Island; and then went on to play for one of the most exciting professional teams that the major leagues ever fielded--the Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950s--... more »the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson and set many other records besides.It is also a book by and about a once-young sportswriter for the Herald Tribune who grew up in the 1930s and 1940s within shouting distance of Ebbets Field, was nurtured on Joyce and Shakespeare and occasionally escaped to see his bumbling heroes play, and then had the miraculous good fortune in the 1950s to cover the Dodger team for the Tribune.Finally, this is a book about what's happened since to Jackie Robinson, Carl Erskine, Preacher Roe, Pee Wee Reese, Billy Cox, Roy Campanella, Carl Furillo and the others, no longer boys but men in their middle years with their glories behind them. For some, they have been happy years; to others, fate has not been kind. In short, it is a book about America and how it has progressed from the 1930s to the 1970s, about fathers and sons, prejudice and courage, triumph and disaster. Told with warmth, humor, wit, candor and love, The Boys of Summer is delightful and exhilarating.« less
This book receives some snark for its sentimentality, but I feel that it reserves a right to be sappy about this legendary MLB franchise and time period in the history of the sport. Known as a quintessential baseball read, engaging and entertaining from start to finish.
I can take baseball or leave it-but my friend asked me to read this --so what could i do??? Hey this was a good book. It is really two books in one. It tells the story of youth and baseball and their dreams and about what happens when the players get older. It is about the Ole Brooklyn Dodgers National League baseball team and is very well written. I may like baseball from now on. I did learn about this sport and now have a better respect for it--this coming from me who doesn't care for sports is a high compliment. Very good read i must say.