Roger Kahn has written a new afterword for this edition of Good Enough to Dream. He is the author of a number of baseball books, including A Season in the Sun, also available in a Bison Books edition.
Good Enough to Dreamby Roger Kahn
Roger Kahn’s first major league hit was a grand slam: The Boys of Summer, his runaway bestseller that immortalized the 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers. Now Kahn does the same for players whose moment in the sun has not yet arrived. Good Enough to Dream is the story of his year as owner of the Class A, very minor league Utica Blue Sox. Most of the Blue Sox will never make it to the majors, but they all share the dream that links the small child in the sandlot with the bonus baby who has just smacked one out of the stadium. It’s a dream Kahn learned from his father and, in the course of a season, passes on to his daughter—hours of practice for a moment of poetry; a hard living but a touch of legend.
Good Enough to Dream presents baseball unadorned, a game still sweet enough to lure grown men to leagues where first-class transportation is an old school bus and the infield is likely to be the consistency of thick soup. It is a funny and poignant story of one season and one special team that will make us hesitate before we ever call anything “bush league” again.
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Back in 1983 Roger Kahn, a reporter, paid $15,000 to buy into an A minor league team for which Kahn received the team presidency, the financial losses of previous seasons and this book. This chronicle of Kahn's one season team presidency mixes conversations he had with Branch Rickey about running a team, a short overview of upstate New York where the team played, and consistently hilarious anecdotes right through that triple header (well, 2 and a half game header) the team played at the end of the season.
In The Boys of Summer Roger Kahn reminds us of something which, deep down, we all know: that our heroes are mortals. In Good Enough to Dream he reminds us of something we often forget, that Everyman is also a hero. If you enjoyed The Boys of Summer you should love this.