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Summer of '49

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    I enjoyed this book; but, the title is misleading. I think that

    I enjoyed this book; but, the title is misleading. I think that it should be called The Players of the Sjummer of 49 because it consists of thumbnail sketches of some of these people; rather than a day by day chronicle of the race for the American League Pennant in 1949.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2002

    Poetic baseball history

    Mr. Halberstam has brought that amazing summer of 1949 to vivid, three- dimensional life, with an account of the Yankee-Red Sox pennant race. Mind you, this is fifteen years before I was even born, and I was still enthralled, as will any baseball fan. Even people who only slightly like baseball. Maybe even people who don't give a hoot. The writing is that good. DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and the various players emerge as skillfully drawn portraits. The cities themselves become actual characters. The sign of a good historical book, I believe, is how it feeds a desire to learn more about its' topic. This book goes one more, as I have gone out and found titles by the author as well. As reknowned as David Halberstam is, I'm embarrassed to say this is my first experience with him. I now have two more of his volumes...one on baseball, the other on war...sitting on my shelf ready to go. That should be considered the highest praise from a bibliophile.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

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    Ok, Certainly Not Great

    Always wanted to read it because it had received such good reviews....hate to say, just not at all as good as I'd expected. Nice retelling of the season, the teams, the players and even the media - just seemed to plod along a little. Good, not great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2010

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    Very Disappointing

    Maybe I just wasn't in a good mood reading this for four days, or I've come to expect to much in a baseball book from past readings I have had (i.e., Game Six, The Bad Guys Won, etc). Either way, this just wasn't good and left me wondering where the author was going with all of this. If this was one of the most intense pennant races in history, Halberstam missed capturing it in the book. To much player profile and little side notes all over the place kept me thinking "how much more of this do I have to endure". Get some of the recommended readings or take a date to a movie instead.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

    I skimmed through the boring parts

    It’s baseball season. David Halberstam is one of my favorite non-fiction authors. Putting those two facts together, I decided to read Summer of ’49, which is about the pennant race between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.

    Both had great seasons in 1949. Both had aging superstar sluggers, Ted Williams for Boston and Joe Dimaggio for New York. Both teams had crusty managers, Casey Stengel for the Yankees, Joe McCarthy for the Red Sox.

    Although I enjoyed reading about the individual players, their superstitions, their peccadilloes, their lifestyles, their peculiar habits -- I found the play by plays of the games booooring. I mean, who knew that conventional wisdom in those days was that hydrating when temps soared during a long doubleheader was bad for a player? Or that needing a sugar fix during a game was un-manly?

    I skimmed through the boring parts and devoured all the little factoids that David Halberstem dredged up. An OK book I’m glad I read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Put me in coach

    Loved this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Makes you wish the Great American sport of Baseball was still that way!

    This is a must-read for not only baseball fans but every American. Those who remember will love it and those that are too young will wish they could remember it. It's a trip back in time when your Team was "your" team!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2004

    DiMaggio as a Lefty !

    I enjoyed the colorful anecdotes that brought back the era for me, I was an avid baseball fan at the time. But the cover depicts Dimaggio as a lefty hitter and Tebbetts as a lefthanded cather (?)!It's a mirror image copy of the Dinnerstein painting causing a little loss of credibility and questions the authenticity of the accounts and incidents reported!! A shame that such a blatant mistake escaped editors and publishers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2001

    Amazilous

    Read this book.

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