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Like a quickly paced, mid-season game on a sunny summer afternoon, Charles C. Alexander's book provides another comfortable examination of the national pastime.... he demonstrates a thorough command of the narrative nature of the game itself and a solid ability to find meaning in the play of men.
Alexander follows his excellent biographies... with this engrossing look at baseball in the Depression Era. His running narrative of seasons and games is a welcome adjunct to his explorations of more serious themes.
Alexander writes for baseball junkies, peppering his prose with baseball slang and laboring through game-by-game series recaps.
The beautiful dustjacket alone is almost worth the purchase price.
Some fine scholarship.
A worthwhile slice of baseball history for devoted fans.
[I]t is Alexander's descriptions of day-to-day living for the average ballplayer that are most fascinating -- where they lived, how they earned extra money, their traveling and lodging conditions.
— Mark Luce
Baseball history does not get much better than this study of the Depression years... Everything is here: the heroes, the statistics, the personalities... a model of scholarship.
— West Singletary
Written in a lively, traditional narrative style rich in colorful illustrative anecdotes... enjoyable and informative.
— Jack E. Davis
Flat-out entertaining, sometimes-touching baseball anecdotes.
A worthy addition to the sports history canon, providing a valuable secondary source for anyone with an interest in the game's evolution.
[It chronicles] important periods in the history of baseball, and [It] will thoroughly engage that sport's aficionados.
|2.||The Last Fat Year, 1930||14|
|3.||Lean Years, 1931-1932||36|
|4.||The Leanest Year, 1933||61|
|5.||New Deal Baseball, 1934-1935||79|
|6.||Toward Recovery, 1936-1937||114|
|7.||Pathos and Progress, 1938-1939||147|
|10.||Recovery and War, 1940-1941||239|