The Seasons: Ten Memorable Years in Baseball, and in America

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These are the years when America's game and American history intersected with an impact felt far beyond the confines of any ballpark -- and superlative individual and team achievements were matched by national triumphs or tempered by monumental challenges. Bestselling author and baseball aficionado Bill Gilbert examines ten momentous summers in baseball -- and U.S. -- history, offering new insight into the players and games that captured a nation's imagination. 1945 was a season played by teenagers, 4-Fs, and old...
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Overview

These are the years when America's game and American history intersected with an impact felt far beyond the confines of any ballpark -- and superlative individual and team achievements were matched by national triumphs or tempered by monumental challenges. Bestselling author and baseball aficionado Bill Gilbert examines ten momentous summers in baseball -- and U.S. -- history, offering new insight into the players and games that captured a nation's imagination. 1945 was a season played by teenagers, 4-Fs, and old men, enthusiastic fill-ins for heroes named DiMaggio, Williams, Mize, and others who were off serving their country as World War II drew to a close. In 1961, the Mantle and Maris home run derby captured the sporting world's attention, while the inauguration of John F. Kennedy ushered in an era of both hope and confrontation. And it was hard to know which was more unlikely in 1969: the Amazin' Mets' run to the World Series championship or the sight of Americans walking on the moon. In 1975, Carlton Fisk hit a home run to win game six of the World Series for the Boston Red Sox at the same time as North Vietnamese forces captured Saigon and finally ended the Vietnam War. The world cheered on in 2001, as President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch at a Yankee Stadium World Series game, less than a month after 9/11. Told with the authority of one of today's most knowledgeable and erudite authors, and drawing on firsthand accounts of such baseball legends as Bob Feller, Duke Snider, Tom Seaver, Cal Ripken, and others, The Seasons at once celebrates baseball's most memorable years and puts them into a historical context that makes them even more remarkable for their impact on the nation as a whole.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780806524207
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: In Brooklyn and Everywhere xi
Introduction: Baseball and America--History's Partners xiii
Some Thank-yous xv
Part 1 1945 1
1. The Forgotten Pennant Race 3
2. "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" 11
3. A Beginning and an End 20
4. The Cast of Characters 26
5. "The Best Thing You Could Do" 34
Part 2 1948 51
6. The Good Years 53
7. The Drama and Babe Ruth 66
8. Final Scores 78
Part 3 1951 93
9. "The Giants Is Dead" 95
10. Quietly Going Mad 106
Part 4 1961 123
11. Three New Frontiers 125
12. Another International Crisis 137
13. "I Can't Handle This ..." 147
14. When Mirrors Weren't Enough 156
Part 5 1969 161
15. Those Mets? 163
16. Centennials and the Impossible Dream 173
Part 6 1975 189
17. "The American People Were Not Rejoicing" 191
18. The Greatest World Series Ever Played? 201
Part 7 1980 211
19. Crises 213
20. Center Stage 227
Part 8 1995 235
21. Baseball's Second Savior 237
22. "The Streak" 245
23. Two of a Kind 254
Part 9 1998 263
24. Expecting the Unexpected 265
25. "Like a Fairy Tale" 274
26. "Para Ti, Mami!" 283
27. "Get Up, Baby! Get Up! Get Up!" 294
Part 10 2001 303
28. First Confusion, Then War 305
29. Farewells 316
30. Shelters, Shadows, and Cheers 323
31. History's Partners, Again 335
Bibliography 349
Index 351
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