The Summer Game

The Summer Game

by Roger Angell
The Summer Game

The Summer Game

by Roger Angell

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Overview

The Summer Game, Roger Angell's first book on the sport, changed baseball writing forever. Thoughtful, funny, appreciative of the elegance of the game and the passions invested by players and fans, it goes beyond the usual sports reporter's beat to examine baseball's complex place in our American psyche.

Between the miseries of the 1962 expansion Mets and a classic 1971 World Series between the Pirates and the Orioles, Angell finds baseball in the 1960s as a game in transition-marked by league expansion, uprooted franchises, the growing hegemony of television, the dominance of pitchers, uneasy relations between players and owners, and mounting competition from other sports for the fans' dollars.

Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Tom Seaver, Jim Palmer, and Casey Stengel are seen here with fresh clarity and pleasure. Here is California baseball in full flower, the once-mighty Yankees in collapse, baseball in French (in Montreal), indoor baseball (at the Astrodome), and sweet spring baseball (in Florida)-as Angell observes, "Always, it seems, there is something more to be discovered about this game."

Roger Angell is a writer and fiction editor with the New Yorker. His works include Five Seasons (available in a Bison Books edition), Game Time, and A Pitcher's Story: Innings with David Cone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803259515
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Series: Bison Book
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 303
Sales rank: 432,169
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author


Roger Angell is a writer and fiction editor with the New Yorker. His works include Five Seasons (available in a Bison Books edition), Game Time, and A Pitcher’s Story: Innings with David Cone.

Table of Contents

Forewordix
1.Rustle of Spring
Box Scores3
The Old Folks behind Home6
The Short Season19
2.Amazin'
The "Go!" Shouters35
S Is for So Lovable46
Farewell57
A Clean, Well-Lighted Cellar59
3.Classics and Campaigns--I
A Tale of Three Cities71
Taverns in the Town83
Two Strikes on the Image95
West of the Bronx109
4.The Future, Maybe
The Cool Bubble125
5.Classics and Campaigns--II
A Terrific Strain143
The Flowering and Subsequent Deflowering of New England158
A Little Noise at Twilight181
The Leaping Corpse, the Shallow Cellar, the French Pastime, the Walking Radio, and Other Summer Mysteries197
Days and Nights with the Unbored215
The Baltimore Vermeers234
Part of a Season: Bay and Back Bay252
Some Pirates and Lesser Men269
6.The Interior Stadium
The Interior Stadium291
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