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Summer of '49N 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 seas 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 players captures brilliantly one of the best pennant chases in history between two of the greatest rivals of all time the Yankees and the Red Sox At a time when baseball and American culture was on the verge of a monumental change because of television this season was still played out in the imaginations of radio listeners I laughed out loud at some of the anecdotes about Ellis Kinder Casey Stengel Phil Rizzuto and Yogi Berra I felt like I got to know some of the greats from an earlier generation that I had seen only for a short time after that glorious season I loved getting to know Bobby Doerr Kinder and Allie Reynolds Joe McCarthy Eddie Lopat Vic Raschi Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky I already knew plenty about Teddy Ballgamealthough I did learn how he got that monicker here for the first timeand Joe DiMaggio I had expected the book to be cerebral but Halberstam writes as if he were that 15 year old kid who shared that exuberance he experienced in 1949 with the reader You feel his love for the game and for the players especially the Yankees The contrast between the disciplined stoic and money driven Yankees and the laid back fun loving Red Sox is evident Perhaps as Birdie tebbets opined the difference between the two great teams may have boiled down to the Yankees having had Joe Page as their great reliever One item left me sad but not surprised The only player who refused to meet Halberstam for an interview was Joe DiMaggio The most graceful of all players apparently couldn't be gracious to one of America's best writers Maybe there was no money in it for him

David Halberstam ô Summer of '49 ePub

Lefields to the ball fields in search of new heroes It was a summer that marked the beginning of a sports rivalry uneualed in the annals of athletic competition The awesome New York Yankees and the indomitable Boston Red Sox were fighting for supremacy of baseball's America Very much enjoyable Makes his brief biographical sketches of the people involved with telling the tale of it once a memorable season and a past era Baseball before millionaires night games and widespread television Well worth reading

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mobi ¼ doc Summer of '49 9780060884260 Free Ê [Reading] ➺ Summer of '49 By David Halberstam – 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 batTh With incredibWith 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 batThe Summer of ePUB #199 year was and a war weary nation turned from the batt ”DiMaggio's grace came to represent 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 poetry or Beethoven wrote sonatas was than just a popular marvel It was proof positive that democracy was real On the baseball diamond if nowhere else America was truly a classless society DiMaggio's grace embodied the democracy of our dreams” Joltin’ Joe DiMaggioJoe DiMaggio was 6’2” a big man but a man graced with natural elegance Off the field he dressed well reinforcing that image of cool calm and collected As one of his dates was surprised to discover she was not the focus of the male attention in the room ”Dining with Joe DiMaggio Ms Cosgrove felt gave her a remarkable insight into the male animal The entire restaurant came to a halt for two hours The chair of every man was angled so that its occupant could keep an eye on her date”It was a nation wide man crush before we knew what to call itOn the other side of the coin was Ted Williams As much as the press loved Joe DiMaggio they hated Ted Williams The feeling was mutual DiMaggio was the best player of his era but no one would uestion who was the best hitter Williams was the first to really look at hitting as a science ”Nothing was left to chance If he was batting and a cloud passed over he would step out of the batter’s box and fidget until the light was just a little better He honed his bats at night working a bone against them to make the fibers harder He was the first to combine olive oil and rosin in order to get a better grip on the bat He learned to gradually decrease the weight of his bats as the summer wore on and fatigue set in” Ted WilliamsTed Williams was a throwback to another era ”As he aged he became even handsome his face now leathery he was crusty outspoken and unbending a frontier man in the modern age the real John Wayne ‘He is not a man for this age’ his old friend and teammate Birdie Tebbetts said of him ‘The only place I would put him the only place he’d be at home is the Alamo’”DiMaggio was the Yankee Clipper and Williams was a Boston Red Sox In the summer of 1949 those two teams were suaring off to see who would go to the World Series To make things even interesting Joe’s little brother Dom played for the Red Sox His whole career was spent in the shadow of his brother but he was one hell of a player in his own right The Red Sox got down early in the season at one point by eleven games but then clawed their way back into the race Hollywood couldn’t have drawn up the ending any better The Yankees and Red Soxs met in a final series at the very end of the season to determine who was going to win the pennantIt was very simplewin or go homeDavid Halberstam gives us an inside look not only at the stars but each significant player involved in this rivalry in 1949 Most of the players came from very humble origins They all dealt with the stresses of the game different Ellis Kinder the great Red Sox pitcher was probably my favorite to read about The night before he was supposed to pitch he’d stay up all night drinking and chasing women He’d pour coffee into himself on game day to get ready to pitch It is amazing to me that he could abuse himself that much and still be one of the premier pitchers in the league He wasn’t alone other players as well partied on their off hours as hard as they played on the field Ellis KinderYogi Berra was the first ball player to get an agent A man by the name of Frank Scott noticed that Yogi was being paid in watches instead of money whenever he would give speeches or attend events Scott saw an opportunity for Yogi to make a lot money and for Frank Scott to be paid for making the arrangements The dealings between management and players was also beginning to change The owners took advantage of the players to the point that it made a Union not only viable but necessary It made Tommy Henrich who spent his whole career with the Yankees uneasy watching this transition Certainly some of the charm of the game was lost when players went from being blue collar workers to being millionaires I feel very fortunate to own this baseball card of Yogi Berra It was one of my Dad’sThis is also the era when owners were struggling with the allure of radio and television There was fear that it would significantly reduce stadium attendance Little did the owners know the revenue that would be eventually generated from especially television contracts I’ve been a long suffering Kansas City Royals fan but last season ended the long playoff drought that had extended back to 1985 The 2014 season was so exciting it was almost worth the wait I didn’t see these young ball players as millionaires maybe because they didn’t act like millionaires They played like kids with exuberance and joy that was contagious to the crowds in the ballparks and the viewers on television The way they played referred to as small ball was like seeing baseball as it was played many decades ago From the days when players used to run out every play at first; or they would steal without giving a thought to the cost to their bodies; or lay out for spectacular catches in the outfield These young men from the Royals played last season seemingly unaware of the stats sheet It was all about sacrifice hard work and driving other teams crazy I have been seeing spectacular plays this year than I ever remember seeing before and not just from the Royals It was as if the Royals woke the whole league up and reminded everyone of when a baseball game was as magical as anything Walt Disney ever dreamed up Eric Hosmer the talented very young first baseman for the Kansas City Royals Here them ROAR indeedIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at