The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

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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.


About Roger Kahn

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Roger Kahn, a prize-winning author, grew up in Brooklyn, where he says everybody on the boys' varsity baseball team at his prep school wanted to play for the Dodgers. None did. He has written nineteen books. Like most natives of Brooklyn, he is distressed that the Dodgers left. "In a perfect world," he says, "the Dodgers would have stayed in Brooklyn and Los Angeles would have gotten the Mets.
Published February 22, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 512 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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But Kahn's book is more than a baseball reminiscence -- he sinks into his own past to get a handle on the present, lately realizing that ""I covered a team that no longer exists in a demolished ball park for a newspaper that is dead,"" and he begins to consider the Dodgers ""not as baseball playe...

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Kahn’s career was changed by a simple question from an editor, “Do you want to go on writing about second basemen all your life?” One of his most endearing compliments came from Roger Maris, “Of all the horseshit that got written, yours was the best.”

Jul 03 2010 | Read Full Review of The Boys of Summer

At Home Plate

Roger Kahn’s The Boys of Summer doubles as one of the greatest books ever written about baseball and the memoir of a sportswriter.

Jan 28 2009 | Read Full Review of The Boys of Summer

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