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The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn
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Jun 16, 08

Recommended to Natfarny by: Caleb Farny
Recommended for: anyone
Read in June, 2008

Terrific narrative that spans decades, written from the perspective of a beat reporter who covered the Brooklyn Dodgers back in their heyday in the fifties. The first part of the book captures the players in their primes. These Dodgers were a characterful bunch and featured the first black player in the league, Jackie Robinson. Very talented team, but not always successful, usually losing in heartbreaking fashion at the end of the season. No rose colored glasses, here; players, reporters, management personnel alike are described with their good and bad qualities. The second part of the book follows the author as he tracks down the legendary players who are now retired from the game and leading other lives. Some are construction workers, some are in the corporate world, all are more than willing to share stories and reminisce about the Dodgers and the special bonds they felt as teammates.
Very well written, accessible to anyone, not just baseball fans. Impressive in scope.

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