Memories of summer : when baseball was an art and writing about it a game /

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Author / Creator:Kahn, Roger.
Edition:1st ed.
Imprint:New York : Hyperion, c1997.
Description:xi, 290 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subject:Kahn, Roger.
Kahn, Roger.
Sportswriters -- United States -- Biography.
Baseball -- United States -- History.
Baseball in literature.
Baseball in literature.
United States.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes index.
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The full title of this reminiscence evokes nostalgia and invokes irony, thereby preparing the reader for a loving but complex discussion of the two crafts that Kahn knows best: sportswriting and professional baseball playing. A student of literature, Kahn gently invites his reader to see his admiration of heroes as Homeric, his alertness to transience as Whitmanesque, his suspicion that the age of the gods is past as Wagnerian. But the book is far more than an educated person's guide to the world of ballplaying and sports journalism in the 1950s and 1960s. It overflows with stories, both funny and mordant. It includes the best re-creation of the 1952 World Series this reviewer has read. It features wonderful discussions of the managerial gifts of the malicious Leo Durocher, the evolving maturity of the haunted Mickey Mantle, and the baseball smarts of the humane Willie Mays. Undergirding the entire work are Kahn's enduring respect for appropriate pride and his fierce detestation of all forms of bigotry. Kahn concludes his work with a list of 12 indispensable baseball books. Anyone else's list would have included his The Boys of Summer (1972). Many will conclude that Memories of Summer also belongs. All levels. R. Browning; Kenyon College

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