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The classic narrative of growing up within shouting distance of Ebbets Field, covering the Jackie Robinson Dodgers, and what's happened to everybody since.

This is a story about young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s, and then went on to play for one of the most exciting major-league ball clubs ever fielded, the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson. It is a story by and about a sportswriter who grew up near Ebbets Field, and who had the good fortune in the 1950s to cover the Dodgers for the Herald Tribune. This is the story about what happened to Jackie, Carl Erskine, Pee Wee Reese, and the others when their glory days were behind them. In short, it is a story about America, about fathers and sons, prejudice and courage, triumph and disaster, and told with warmth, humor, wit, candor and love.

©2009 Roger Kahn (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A moving elegy...[to] the best team the majors ever saw...the Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950s." ( The New York Times)
"A work of high purpose and poetic accomplishment. The finest American book on sports." (James Michener)

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Hear from those who were a part of history

This started a little slow for me. Admittedly, I shared the opinion of a reviewer the author mentions in and epilogue that I was not as interested in his own back story as in those of the players. But I get it. I'd probably do the same thing. However, this becomes a fascinating book when Kahn begins to tell the stories of the players he tracked down long after their days in Brooklyn. It was a great look at the players as people, people who would not only witness but be a part of history as they played and coached alongside Jackie Robinson. And you won't find a more likable hero, fiction or non-, than Pee Wee Reese. Definitely worth a read/listen for all who appreciate the game and its history.

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  • John
  • Fort Morgan, CO, United States
  • 05-06-18

A Personal Indulgence

Full disclosure, I’m a Braves and Rockies fan, so a book about the Dodgers had an uphill battle with me to start with. The overall balance of the book is a good one, looking at the lifespan of a baseball fan. Detailing the Dodgers place in his childhood, then his years as their writer, and then life after was good. Where this book falls apart is all the writing about writing. At one point the writer, quotes a player reading a copy of a story he had written years earlier. While not in and of itself unforgivable, what was terrible is that he had already included a full version of the story earlier. There are several small self indulgent bits throughout that detract from an overall solid story.

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Classic book!

even though I was born 30 years after the Dodgers left Brooklyn, I've always been fascinated by the period. I would hear stories from my dad, who grew up in Brooklyn during this period. I felt a nostalgia towards this hayday of baseball, something I wouldn't be able to experience myself.

Its almost two books in one. the first part was autobiography of growing up while the second part was about about team and the players. At first, I was annoyed by The length of the autobiographical section, but came to enjoy it. Even though the book came out in 1972, there are subsequent epilogues which give additional updates throughout the years.

The narrator was absolutely fantastic, doing a wide variety of voices, quickly switching between accents.

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A Baseball Fan's diamond

This is an excellent bopok for those that love baseball and especially for those that loved those Brooklyn Dodgers! This is a grand slam!

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Should be titled The Autobiography of Roger Kahn.

Disappointed !! Abridged version a must !!!!! Struggled to read. Full of unrelated information. Seems to be written from the point of view that if you were born and raised on Mars and one day you took a trip to the planet Earth and asked who were the Brooklyn Dodgers. The first half of the book is nothing but an autobiography of the author. A total waste of time and loaded with unneeded and useless information. The second part of the book finally addresses the subject of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Their exploits on the field, the relationship with each other within the team and their lives after Major League Baseball.

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