“Halberstam's language and descriptions bring to life not only the increcible pennant race in 49, but also the postwar era and how baseball fit into American life during that time. In many ways, as a baseball fan, I was jealous of the fanaticism for baseball around the country that just doesn't exist today.
Halberstam has a great passage where he describes life as a boy in the 30s and 40s where every kid dreamed of growing up to play baseball. Their attention wasn't split between the wealth of sports, heroes, and professional leagues. That singular passion builds throughout the book as Halberstam paints portraits of legends like DiMaggio & Williams that don't just extol their greatness on th field, but rather candidly provide insights into who these men were.
I truly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in baseball.”
Keith wrote this review Wednesday, June 3, 2009.