Summer of '49 by David Halberstam

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With incredible skill, passion, and insight, Pulitzer Prize–winningauthor David Halberstam returns us to a glorious time when the dreams of a now almost forgotten America rested on the crack of a bat.

The year was 1949, and a war-weary nation turned from the battlefields to the ball fields in search of new heroes. It was a summer that marked the beginning of a sports rivalry unequaled in the annals of athletic competition. 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.

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ISBN : 0060884266
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Jeffrey rated it ★★★★☆

June 20, 2015

”DiMaggio's grace came to represent more than athletic skill in those years. To the men who wrote about the game, it was a talisman, a touchstone, a symbol of the limitless potential of the human individual. That an Italian immigrant, a fisherman's son, could catch fly balls the way Keats wrote p...

Matt rated it ★★★★☆

April 26, 2016

This summer, baseball came back to me. It had been gone a long time. I loved it as a kid. I played it, I watched it, I had no idea how lucky I was (growing up in Minnesota) to watch the Twins win two Series in a five-year period. Baseball was the only way I connected with my dad. We never did tal...

Ted rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2017

4 1/2 This is a MAJOR LEAGUE book in my baseball library. Availability. IN PRINT Type. PLAYERS/ERA Use. READ _explanation_ The author of this book, David Halberstam (1934-2007), was a well-known journalist and writer. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for his Vietnam reporting for the New York Times. Th...

Dee rated it ★★★★★

June 13, 2017

Author David Halberstam transports us back to a time when there were no divisions, only two eight-team leagues. With the end of World War II and the advent of television, baseball was poised to become a major part of Americana. Some of the greatest players ever were playing in 1949, among them Bo...

Pris rated it ★★★★★

January 04, 2009

Goddamm, But Playing Baseball Is Fun, 9 Aug 2007 "Old-time baseball players and fans love to denigrate the modern ballplayer. "Baseball today is not what it should be," one old-timer once wrote. "The players do not try to learn all the fine points of the game as in the days of old, but simply try...

Harold rated it ★★★★★

September 22, 2014

I'm so glad I finally sat down and read this classic; there is no disappointment here. What a fabulous read. It has all a baseball fanatic could ever want. 1949 was a bit before my first MLB ball game interest but this book, written 40 years after the season with the aid of most of the principle...

Nancy Graham rated it ★★★★★

June 15, 2011

Riveting account of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, featuring Hall of Famers Joe Dimaggio and Ted Williams as well as a host of other talented (though often less famous) ballplayers, during a heated race for the pennant and a time of great social change. Halberstam strikes a perfect balance between...

Anthony rated it ★★★★☆

July 09, 2017

Um... it's a book about baseball. It would have been near impossible for me NOT to have loved it. The only way it could have been better would be if it came with its own beer. It didn't, so I supplied my own.

Roy rated it ★★★★☆

March 30, 2011

As the cliché goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover. Those are wise and banal words. They are also applicable words to Halberstam’s well told novel about the Yankees-Red Sox pennant race in 1949, for if you were to judge this book by its cover you would think that it was a poorly researched c...

Jake rated it ★★★★☆

September 30, 2013

Summer of ‘49 is a non-fiction book about baseball in the 1940s. The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, rivals for decades, must beat each other for a bid in the 1949 World Series. There are many characters in this book, and each unfold in different ways. The legendary Joe Dimaggio, and his...

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