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Good Enough to Dream

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  168 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Roger Kahn’s first major league hit was a grand slam: The Boys of Summer, his runaway bestseller that immortalized the 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers. Now Kahn does the same for players whose moment in the sun has not yet arrived. Good Enough to Dream is the story of his year as owner of the Class A, very minor leagueUtica Blue Sox. Most of the Blue Sox will never make it to the m ...more
Paperback, 365 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Bison Books (first published 1985)
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Rick
Dec 14, 2009 Rick rated it it was amazing
Nothing here but the love of the game, and that's more than enough.
Matt Ely
Feb 03, 2016 Matt Ely rated it liked it
Shelves: baseball, memoir
A 3.5, rounded down for the lack of highlights.

It's an interesting look at a single minor league season. Lots of great anecdotes and it builds an exciting atmosphere. But with a few exceptions (the author not really even among them), it refuses to go more than skin deep. It's unapologetically old school and Kahn seems to treat his own squad as the one exception to a universal decline is truly great baseball in America.

It's got all the pieces, it just fails to elevate them beyond their independ
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Nancy Kennedy
Oct 07, 2014 Nancy Kennedy rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books you don't want to end! Mr. Kahn's book follows the 1983 season when he was owner and president of the Class A Utica Blue Sox in the New York-Penn League, a team that didn't even have a major league affiliation. "Utica and the season would bring us deep measures of pain and elation, humor and anger, and above all a sense of purpose," he writes. In Mr. Kahn's book, fortunately, there's equal measures of humor and angst.

I'm familiar with upstate New York and loved reading
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Tom
Sep 24, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it
The 1983 Utica Blue Sox was an unaffiliated, independent team made up of cast off players from other teams affiliated with the major league; the Yankees, the Mets, the Phillies, the Red Sox etc.

They faced a challenge of fielding a team of misfits with the worse field in the league, and the lowest budget. They were so strapped for funds that the bull pen was given only one ball to warm up a pitcher until it was pointed out that sometime two would be warming up at the same time.

It is a story of s
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Daniel Jr.
Jan 08, 2012 Daniel Jr. rated it it was amazing
BOTTOM OF THE 33rd and GOOD ENOUGH TO DREAM are two of the finest minor league books in existence, and, reading both within the same year, I understand the strange and wonderful world of the "farm team" so much better. I go to many minor league games each year, and I'm sure that GOOD ENOUGH TO DREAM will enhance my experience in the stands on the third base line. Roger Kahn's voice is so likeable, and as the story of the pennant race heats up, baseball lovers will not be able to put the book dow ...more
Siobhan
Apr 21, 2008 Siobhan rated it it was amazing
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Roger Kahn is a great writer. I have now read three of his books and loved each of them. This one holds a special place in my heart, though, because it is about the minor league team in Utica, New York. I grew up outside of Utica, in Clinton, so I'm always delighted when I read about this area in a book. I was intrigued by the fact that all the other readers who have listed this book that I can see are men. Not that I mind being the only woman, but this is great writing!!! It's too bad that more ...more
Gary Geiger
Jan 05, 2014 Gary Geiger rated it liked it
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Minor league baseball!
Mary
Aug 17, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it
The book is much better than just the page that has my name on it.. Seriously, it was good. Made me feel foolish for avoiding it my whole life!
Kelly White
Jul 19, 2016 Kelly White rated it it was amazing
Go Blue Sox! A superb read for fans of minor league baseball and the underdog.
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