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Summer of '49 by David Halberstam
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Jan 01, 12

bookshelves: baseball, boston-them, sports-themed
Read in December, 2011

I really enjoyed this narrative of the 1949 baseball season and the pennant race between the Yankees and the Red Sox. There was some great insight into the players and the economics of baseball at the time as well as its cultural influence. The primary flaw in the book was that Halberstram seemed to downplay the racism of the Yankees and Red Sox (the last two teams to integrate), especially of Sox owner Tom Yawkey. It didn't even mention the fact the Sox gave Jackie Robinson try out (under duress) and paid no attention to him. Otherwise, a very enjoyable read.
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