The Boys of Summer
  • The Boys of Summer
  • The Boys of Summer
  • The Boys of Summer
ISBN: 0060883960
EAN13: 9780060883966
Language: English
Release Date: May 9, 2006
Pages: 512
Dimensions: 0.87" H x 7.8" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

A moving elegy . . . to] the best team the majors ever saw . . . the Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950s. -- New York Times

The classic narrative of growing up within shouting distance of Ebbets Field, covering the Jackie Robinson Dodgers, and what's happened to everybody since.

This is a book about young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s, and then went on to play for one of the most exciting major-league ball clubs ever fielded, the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson. It is a book by and about a sportswriter who grew up near Ebbets Field, and who had the good fortune in the 1950s to cover the Dodgers for The Herald Tribune. This is a book about what happened to Jackie, Carl Erskine, Pee Wee Reese, and the others when their glory days were behind them. In short, it is a book about America, about fathers and sons, prejudice and courage, triumph and disaster, and told with warmth, humor, wit, candor, and love.

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   I would recommend reading this book first if you intend on reading ...
I grew up in the area of New York City in the 1940s and 50s. I know Red Barber and listened to most of the Dodger baseball games, so that names are not only dear to me, but also familiar in most cases. I would recommend reading this book first if you intend to read Rickey and Robinson by the same author. Personified Nostalgia!
   Brings back memories
The is an absolutely splendid read that goes by very quickly. Roger Kahn was the master of these books by Charles Dicken. It was very refreshing to follow the lives of these men after their retirement. The compensation had been better, then.
   a great sporting read
Although I knew nothing about baseball and still very little about it, I found this a great sporting read.
   Questions about the Author
A great look at a nostalgic team. The draft existed during the 50s. How did Kahn, the champion of human rights, avoid military service?
   Great baseball book.
The Boys of Summer is one of the best baseball books ever written. The book tells the story of the author, who grew up as a Dodgers fan to becoming a sportswriter for two seasons and then going to visit the players several years after their careers were over to follow their lives after baseball.
   Interesting but a bit slow
Much of it is historical information rather than action or dialogue. That said, there are many interesting parts and I loved learning about the players of the Dodgers, games and overall journey. The writing style is rich, allusive, referential and intellectual. Occasionally it is beautiful, occasionally it is hard to follow.
   Mediocre so far
Everything I read says that this is one of the greatest baseball books ever written. I have probably read ten baseball books. I say that this book is okay. It has taken me 3 months to get halfway through it. I guess I’ll update my review when I finish the book, but the first at least 100 pages really dragged and I am definitely disappointed based on my expectations.
   This is just Kahn writing about himself. Boring.
I'm glad that I spent only $8. I expected not what I was. Instead, it was a boring, nostalgic slog about Kahn. After 120 pages, I gave up. He was writing about STILL, his childhood and his family. He was 120 pages in and he still hadn 't covered a game for his paper.
   Go Brooklyn Dodgers!
I read it again, but couldn t find my copy. I ordered one of one of Amazon's book outliers and have now read it again. This book is essentially about some of the great and near-great players of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1952-1953 and what they were like in life after their playing days were over. The author Roger Kahn interviewed these players around 1970. I fell in love with baseball as a young boy in Brooklyn, especially the Southern California Dodgers. Who knew that they would move to SoCal? I adored Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, PeeWee Reese, Gil Hodges, Carl Furillo, Roy Campanella and all the other Dodgers of the early days. This book describes how the boys of summer ended up being regular people after their days of fame. Kahn also talks about his early days as a reporter. A great read for fans of the Dodgers and people who followed those great teams.