56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports

56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports

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by Kostya Kennedy
     
 

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Kostya Kennedy's "56" is one fine book. It gracefully brings us back to that sunbright, terrifying year, 1941, just before the United States was plunged into World War II. And it does a splendid job of humanizing a gifted, headstrong and difficult man. Mr. Kennedy gives us DiMaggio through that great hitting streak until we can all but feel The Jolter's pride and…  See more details below

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Kostya Kennedy's "56" is one fine book. It gracefully brings us back to that sunbright, terrifying year, 1941, just before the United States was plunged into World War II. And it does a splendid job of humanizing a gifted, headstrong and difficult man. Mr. Kennedy gives us DiMaggio through that great hitting streak until we can all but feel The Jolter's pride and passion for perfection. (Mr. Kennedy also throws in a gentle mini-portrait of that most ungentle character Pete Rose.) Is the 56-game streak the most remarkable of baseball records? You can debate the matter at any sports bar. Beyond debate is that "56" is the best baseball book to appear in many a season. (Roger Kahn )

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It happened seventy baseball seasons ago. For two months, New York Yankee star Joe DiMaggio stroked hits in game after game. By the time his historic batting streak was over, he had hit in 56 consecutive games, a record not since equaled. In 56, Sports Illustrated senior editor Kostya Kennedy knows that the best baseball stories extend far beyond stadiums and scoring cards. To properly render the full account of Jolting Joe's achievement, he places the achievement within the context of both the expectant father centerfielder's personal life and those tumultuous pre-Pearl Harbor days of World War II. An absorbing literary narrative about personality and national pride.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603201773
Publisher:
Time Home Entertainment, Inc
Publication date:
03/08/2011
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

What People are saying about this

Gay Talese
A wonderful book. And what may be the last word on a record that may last forever.
Bob Costas
56-the number alone still has meaning, but there is a compelling and textured story behind it, a story that pre- and postdates the summer of 1941. Kostya Kennedy tells that story beautifully.
Richard Ben Cramer
Kostya Kennedy rescues The Streak from the numberish precinct of the record book and brings it back to the realm of drama which it dominated in 1941. He follows the ripples of DiMaggio's doings to the wide world beyond baseball and delivers to us a tale that's a delight.
Roger Kahn
Kostya Kennedy's "56" is one fine book. It gracefully brings us back to that sunbright, terrifying year, 1941, just before the United States was plunged into World War II. And it does a splendid job of humanizing a gifted, headstrong and difficult man. Mr. Kennedy gives us DiMaggio through that great hitting streak until we can all but feel The Jolter's pride and passion for perfection. (Mr. Kennedy also throws in a gentle mini-portrait of that most ungentle character Pete Rose.)

Is the 56-game streak the most remarkable of baseball records? You can debate the matter at any sports bar. Beyond debate is that "56" is the best baseball book to appear in many a season.

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Meet the Author

Kostya Kennedy, a senior editor at Sports Illustrated, writes on a wide range of subjects. Before joining SI, he was a staff writer at Newsday and contributed to The New York Times and The New Yorker. He earned an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, from which he received a Pulitzer Fellowship. He lives with his wife and children in Westchester County, N.Y.

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56 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And he did it without steroids. He did it without all the present day technology and exercises machines that help improve one's batting performance. He just went out and did it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
gives an insight to the personal as well as the professional life
JSMReferee More than 1 year ago
Love this book as it chronicles not only "The Streak" but a great deal of DiMaggio & Yankee lore. I am a fan of both and loved the book. It is fair, well-written, and an easy read. I have read a lot of books over the years and many were books about or by sports figures. This might be the best in my opinion.
JNH More than 1 year ago
Very interesting reading and gives great perspective on how life was in the U.S. during the season that is highlighted. Well worth the time spent getting to know Joe DiMaggio and life in 1941.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Analysis of the streak and the propability of it happening again.
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I luv ny yankeys