• The Era, 1947-1957

  • When the Yankees, the Dodgers, and the Giants Ruled the World
  • By: Roger Kahn
  • Narrated by: Allan Robertson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)

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The Era, 1947-1957

By: Roger Kahn
Narrated by: Allan Robertson
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Celebrated sports writer Roger Kahn casts his gaze on the golden age of baseball, an unforgettable time when the game thrived as America's unrivaled national sport. The Era begins in 1947, with Jackie Robinson changing major league baseball forever by taking the field for the Dodgers. Dazzling, momentous events characterize the decade that followed - Robinson's amazing accomplishments; the explosion on the national scene of such soon-to-be legends as Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Bobby Thomson, Duke Snider, and Yogi Berra; Casey Stengel's crafty managing; the emergence of televised games; and the stunning success of the Yankees as they play in nine out of eleven World Series. The Era concludes with the relocation of the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, a move that shook the sport to its very roots.

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Highly recommend.

I highly recommend this book. New York is the premier baseball city in America, even before the Era (1947-57). But this 11 year period is off the charts. The characters are Damon Runyon-seque. McPhail, O’Malley, Stengel, Doroucher. My only criticism is that the writer is obsessed with politics and weaves it in at every opportunity. His politics are very left. Think - The Nation. Tough to take someone seriously who bad mouths President & General Eisenhower. Very unbalanced.

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  • 07-20-20

A Masterpiece

One of the best baseball books you'll ever read. Roger Kahn is masterful. And this book is a masterpiece. Highly recommended.

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Great baseball book

I thought it was a well done book about the golden age of baseball in NY

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Fantastic !

This is probably my favorite so far out of dozens of titles ! Narration, storyline, research, information……..it simply has everything I absolutely love in a book ! And once again, fantastic narration !

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Wonderful and Delightful for baseball lovers

Kahn is a masterful author of baseball and social history. A stickler for accuracy. Got to love him. Only negative is if you are a student of baseball and have listened to endless game sportscasts and documentaries then you will be regularly gouged with the more than a dozen of name mispronunciations by the reader Mr Robertson. I’m always amazed at how these truly gifted readers do not seek a baseball historian to offer the proper pronunciations of Branca, Gionfriddo, Reiser, Amoros, Podres, Sisler and quite a few more. Really a distraction for me although his overall performance was quite entertaining.

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Dismal failure

Pretty disappointed. “Boys of Summer “ was wonderful. This is not wonderful. Just a bunch of mindless meanderings.
And let’s get a narrator who can actually pronounce names. Buzzy’s last name is pronounced Buh-vay-zee. How difficult can that be to learn and pronounce?! Apparently impossible.

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Loved book and narrator. Names butchered.

Loved the book and the enthusiastic reader.

Don’t understand why no one helped him with the pronounciatiom of the last names of these well known players.

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Colossally Bad Pronunciation

Five stars for content because Roger Kahn's prose is superb and his knowledge of the subject matter was truly impressive and extraordinary. But how could the producer(s) hire a narrator who doesn't know how to pronounce Joe DiMaggio's surname? Really? "Di Madge eo" If you had to hear it once or twice...even a half dozen times you'd let it go. But the guy mispronounces DiMaggio's name at least a hundred times. Was anyone in charge? And "Dick SIZE ler" and Johnny "PAD res? Clem LaBEAN?" I could go on because he mangles dozens of players' names. I'd bet folding money the narrator has never seen a ballgame in his life...or even read a sports page. His gaffs undermine this marvelous book. They grate on the ear. Roger Kahn, who died in February of 2020, has to be spinning - forgive the cliche. My god! Allan Robertson's mispronunciation of one of the book's principle characters is absolutely painful because you assume someone just didn't give a damn. Their lack of care and respect succeeded in spoiling a classic work. Whoever produced this owes listeners an apology and should take a mulligan with another narrator...like anybody off the street. It's inexcusable. Makes you wonder how many people signed off on this. I am mystified!

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A Magnificent read

You want to learn about the era from 47-57 in MLB this book is it!!! The years New York City and its 3 teams ruled the baseball world.

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Fantastic baseball book

I had no expectations going into this book. I was pleasantly surprised after getting into it. Really, really good history of the baseball and time it occurred.

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