The awesome New York Yankees and the indomitable Boston Red Sox were fighting for supremacy of baseball's American League, and an aging Joe DiMaggio and a brash, headstrong hitting phenomenon named Ted Williams led their respective teams in a classic pennant duel of almost mythic proportions—one that would be decided in an explosive head-to-head confrontation on the last day of the season. The 1949 pennant race between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees--a time when baseball seemed at the very center of American life. Please enter your Name and what you would like to tell everyone about Summer of '49 Book Name: Think you know more about Summer of '49 Book and would like others to know too? Based on exhaustive research and extensive interviews, David Menary recreates that post-war season in Terrier Town through the eyes of Charlie Hodge. He was with Edward Bennett Williams, the famed trial lawyer, Toots Shor, the saloon-keeper, Averell Harriman, the politician-diplomat, and Ernest Hemingway…Suddenly, an immense mob gathered. David Halberstam reveals the characters and gives us a glimpse of baseball during The Golden Age. He was both married and broke.
He covered the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement and reported for the New York Times on the war in Vietnam. By August 1 Boston had regained 3rd place, 6 ½ back. Halberstam also provides great analysis of the history of the times the 1940s in the form of the relationship between the media and athletes, the As always, with a Halberstam book on sports, the book is amazing. Here, the legend wins out every time. The most graceful of all players apparently couldn't be gracious to one of America's best writers. Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy 7.
Abstract: Presents an account of the 1949 American League baseball pennant race between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, and the rivalry between Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. Each team was led by a star: Joe DiMaggio led the Yankees and Ted Williams led the Sox. Both on and off the field, Halberstam beautifully captures the ethos of a more innocent game that no longer exists, played by heroes far more driven by their pride than by their salaries. It is played without a clock, which gives you no choice but to run out the string. Like any good novel, Halberstam developed each key player from both teams in a way that made me want to know more about each player and their lives off the field. Baseball was the only way I connected with my dad.
I was sad to hear of David Halberstam's passing earlier this year. If any reporters approached him, he just waved them away. It is nostalgia, however, without naiveté. Early in the spring, the experts were figuring the Yankees and Red Sox as equal favorites for the 1949 pennant. Or to watch DiMaggio go after a ball at the fence? I've had this book for years and never got around to reading it.
Book Condition: Near Fine; light shelf wear. The impact of black ballplayers was only beginning to be felt. The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, rivals for decades, must beat each other for a bid in the 1949 World Series. They made it five in a row by winning again in 1952 and 1953. It was a summer that marked the beginning of a sports rivalry unequaled in the annals of athletic competition.
The contrast between the disciplined, stoic, and money driven Yankees and the more laid back fun loving Red Sox is evident. He is at his best when he sticks to the tale of the season, the games, the players, and the fan reactions. Many very good writers stick to a single genre biographies, science fiction, mysteries, etc. Hard cover is in very good condition with slight wear, Has slight staining on front cover but is otherwise unmarked and tightly bound. Scott saw an opportunity for Yogi to make a lot more money and for Frank Scott to be paid for making the arrangements. The outcome rested on the final game of the season when these two legendary rivals faced off in Yankee Stadium. Tommy Henrich, grandson of German immigrants, knew how hard it was for the members of his family who had come from the old country to understand his career.
If the Red Sox made the World Series, then the wedding would be postponed to October 17. Halberstam graduated from Harvard University with a degree in journalism in 1955 and started his career writing for the Daily Times Leader in West Point, Mississippi. Two baseball strategies that are now common practice were first being introduced: the platoon system and the use of a bullpen ace. Whether its a great fact, a joke, a personal experience or an interesting anecdote, please share it with all the human beings on planet earth. He interviewed almost every living member of those teams and several people on the outside—fans, broadcasters, baseball executives, writers, relatives of players—over a hundred in all. Every year during spring training, as I prepare for my fantasy baseball draft, I like to read a baseball book to remind me that the game is still about people, events and ideas and not just statistics. Henrich particularly enjoyed playing against the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Red Sox because the parks were so small that you could really see and hear the fans.
He went seven for eight, with three hits to the opposite field. He writes as romantically about baseball as Shakespeare does about love. Not only was it This was a great read. In the world of baseball, the sport itself was vastly more important than such ancillary commercial sources of revenue as broadcasting, endorsements, concessions, and parking. When a poor American boy dreamed of escaping his grim life, his fantasy probably involved becoming a professional baseball player. Although the author researched the book in usual ways, his main research consisted of interviewing scores of people mentioned in the book. Fifteen games for a rookie left-hander in Boston was remarkable enough, but the truth was, he might easily have won twenty.