The Era, 1947-1957: When the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers Ruled the World

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Celebrated sports writer Roger Kahn casts his gaze on the golden age of baseball, an unforgettable time when the game thrived as America's unrivaled national sport. The Era begins in 1947 with Jackie Robinson changing major league baseball forever by taking the field for the Dodgers. Dazzling, momentous events characterize the decade that followed-Robinson's amazing accomplishments; the explosion on the national scene of such soon-to-be legends as Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Bobby Thomson, Duke Snider, and Yogi ...
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Overview

Celebrated sports writer Roger Kahn casts his gaze on the golden age of baseball, an unforgettable time when the game thrived as America's unrivaled national sport. The Era begins in 1947 with Jackie Robinson changing major league baseball forever by taking the field for the Dodgers. Dazzling, momentous events characterize the decade that followed-Robinson's amazing accomplishments; the explosion on the national scene of such soon-to-be legends as Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Bobby Thomson, Duke Snider, and Yogi Berra; Casey Stengel's crafty managing; the emergence of televised games; and the stunning success of the Yankees as they play in nine out of eleven World Series. The Era concludes with the relocation of the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, a move that shook the sport to its very roots.

The era 1947-1957--when the Yankees, New York Giants, and Brooklyn Dodgers ruled the world. Kahn's most important book since The Boys of Summer, The Era chronicles the golden age of modern baseball by following the major teams for a decade. A major contribution to baseball and to Americana. Photos.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Review of Books
"Kahn is the best baseball writer in the business."—The New York Review of Books
Chicago Tribune
"Kahn weaves such personal information into his rich descriptions of thrilling regular-season, playoff and World Series games. And in doing so he endows the players, managers and owners with more dynamic dimensions than any baseball writer of his generation. The men in The Era are ballplayers, not deities; and it takes the unerring strength of a straight shooter like Kahn to remind nostalgic baseball fans of that simple fact."—Chicago Tribune
Sacramento Bee
"The Era, 1947--1957: When the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers Ruled the World by Roger Kahn, the celebrated author of The Boys of Summer returns to New York City's golden age of baseball for a nostalgic look. . . . at a time when the Yankees were wining virtually every American League pennant and invariably faced one of their inner-city rivals in the World Series."—Sacramento Bee
Chicago Tribune

"Kahn weaves such personal information into his rich descriptions of thrilling regular-season, playoff and World Series games. And in doing so he endows the players, managers and owners with more dynamic dimensions than any baseball writer of his generation. The men in The Era are ballplayers, not deities; and it takes the unerring strength of a straight shooter like Kahn to remind nostalgic baseball fans of that simple fact."—Chicago Tribune

Sacramento Bee

"The Era, 1947--1957: When the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers Ruled the World by Roger Kahn, the celebrated author of The Boys of Summer returns to New York City''s golden age of baseball for a nostalgic look. . . . at a time when the Yankees were wining virtually every American League pennant and invariably faced one of their inner-city rivals in the World Series."—Sacramento Bee

The New York Review of Books

"Kahn is the best baseball writer in the business."—The New York Review of Books

Library Journal
Kahn again returns to an era he categorically states is ``the greatest'' in baseball history. Central to his description are the three New York clubs and the spirited rivalries they produced. As in The Boys of Summer ( LJ 2/15/72) and Games We Used To Play ( LJ 12/91), he engagingly captures the flavor of the times by bringing to the fore the defining traits and relationships that added human dimension to the sport. His unique style is particularly evident in accounts of Jackie Robinson's entry into the major leagues, the events surrounding the shooting of Eddie Waitkus by an obsessed fan, and the migration of the Dodgers and Giants to California. On the whole, this is another fresh perspective on the game's golden age. For sports collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/93.-- William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803278059
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 291,369
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Prize-winning author, Roger Kahn has written many baseball books, including the classic The Boys of Summer. His Good Enough to Dream, A Season in the Sun, and Memories of Summer are available in Bison Books editions. He is a visiting lecturer on creative writing at SUNY New Paltz.
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Table of Contents

Prologue 1
1 Leo, Larry, and Jackie, or Notes from the Hookworm Belt 9
2 Breakthrough at the Ballyards 42
3 A Guy Named Joe 63
4 Birth of the Bombers 79
5 The Greatest Ballgame Ever Played 100
6 Larry's Leavin'; Leo's Weavin' 132
7 The Second Coming 157
8 The Red and the Black 187
9 Field Marshal Casey von Stengel 208
10 Scouts, Center Fielders, and Schemers 241
11 Monte, Mickey, Clay, and Joe and Marilyn 281
12 Recessional 298
Afterword 339
Notes and Comment on Sources 343
A Brief Thanksgiving 348
Bibliography 350
Index 359
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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Disappointing

    Not a bad book, but I expect more from an author who wrote one of the top 10 US books, any genre, in my opinion, in the Boys of Summer.

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