When the Boys Came Back

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In the aftermath of global conflict, few events in the United States were as eagerly awaited as baseball's spring training. But the national pastime was as unsettled as the rest of the country. Had stars such as Hank Greenberg and Bill Dickey seen their careers ended by their service? How would wartime players like Hal Newhouser and Dick Wakefield fare against returning veterans? And would Bob Feller, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, and Joe DiMaggio still perform as they had before they went to war? Those questions ...
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In the aftermath of global conflict, few events in the United States were as eagerly awaited as baseball's spring training. But the national pastime was as unsettled as the rest of the country. Had stars such as Hank Greenberg and Bill Dickey seen their careers ended by their service? How would wartime players like Hal Newhouser and Dick Wakefield fare against returning veterans? And would Bob Feller, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, and Joe DiMaggio still perform as they had before they went to war? Those questions would be answered as the season unfoldeda dramatic season that included challenges to baseball's traditional status from the rival Mexican league; Jackie Robinson's signing by the Brooklyn Dodgers; a pennant race in the National League that ended in the first tie in history; and a World Series culminated in the seventh game by Enos Slaughter's legendary dash from first to home. Drawing on new interviews with many of the players who wrote the season's history, Frederick Turner brings it all vividly back to lifeDave Boo Ferriss, Boston Red Sox. Each player who went away to the service endured personal battles in returning to baseball, and this book puts those battles on record as never before. Every baseball historian, fan and player should read itLou Brissie, Philadelphia A's.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786114115
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 7 Cassettes

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