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The Era, 1947-1957: When the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers Ruled the World

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  364 ratings  ·  32 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Bison Books (first published 1993)
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Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I took the time to savor this one - it was incredibly fun to read. Kahn's first-hand knowledge of the players (both off-field and on) puts you in the story, and therefore makes it more difficult to accept the end (O'Malley moving the Dodgers, for almost no discernible reason beyond greed and ego, to Los Angeles). A little light on Mays and Mantle, but Kahn warns you upfront, and you find yourself genuinely riveted by Leo Durocher and Casey Stengel. The Robinson saga is well-known and perhaps ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a solid, if slightly strange, book. It's about the 11 seasons when New York-based baseball teams played in the World Series every year, often with both participants being from the greater NYC area: 1947-1957. It was the era of Yankees dominance, as they won 7 of those series, while their National League counterparts the Brooklyn Dodgers and NY Giants won one each (and lost to the Yankees several times). The period was also a heyday for New York itself, as the problems of urbanization had ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I read Roger Kahn’s The Boys of Summer a number of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. That book focused on the players for the 1953 Dodgers. The Era expands the subject to the three New York teams from 1947 through 1957. With a couple of exceptions, every World Series during that span was a contest between the Yankees and either the Giants or Dodgers. Just as critical to the definition of The Era are the facts that it begins with Jackie Robinson’s integration of major league ball and ends with ...more
John McGuinness
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The real story

During this era I was 7 thru 17 years of age and I was a ferocious fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers, many of whom were neighbors. During that time there was a sanctity of the clubhouse, similar to Las Vegas. Consequently that mindset and our youth provided a rather puristic view of baseball so it was enlightening to read some of the happenings from behind the scenes as it was to relive those great joys and heartache of our youth. As he did in Boys of Summer, Kahn portrayed this
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kahn revives bygone era

Roger Kahn revives a bygone era, one never to return. A city that was home to three major league baseball clubs, hosting the World Series for 10 straight seasons, is not only inconceivable today, but because of the game's infrastructure could never happen today, And Roger Kahn had a front row seat for it all and shares his memories and research, making the reader the real winner of The Era.
Oct 21, 2016 added it
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Another great book for older baseball fans. I remember many of these great names and even saw some of them play. I was intrigued by the stories about the owners and the dealings with players and managers they had. It seems that many of the owners needed to be investigated by Major League Baseball for the dealings they had with players, (Mickey Mantle having to work in a mine in the off season to support his family)? A thoroughly enjoyable book for baseball fans.
Richard H Ragno
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brought back many exciting baseball memories as I was growing in New York City. Easy reading and found some interesting facts that I was not aware of.

Brought back many exciting baseball memories as I was growing up in New York City. Found some more interesting facts I was not aware of. Easy reading
Randolph A Rossi
New York Not Only Ruled Baseball but it also Ruled The World

A great baseball book that told not only what was happening in Baseball but also in the US and the World. The book was very entertaining and very insightful for this era of baseball and the country.
Cindy Regan
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book kind of, sort of made me l-l-l-like the Yankees. At least the long ago late-40s to late-50s Yankees. And of course since Boys of Summer, I have adored that era's Dodgers. I'll even throw a little love to Durocher's Giants. What a fun era it must have been to be a baseball fan in NYC.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baseball was still THE national pastime. The latter couple of years covered were when, as a kid, baseball drew my attention.
Marty Nicholas
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Personal recollections of baseball's "Golden Era" centered on NY teams. A bit rambling but still interesting.
Chris Pohlman
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read

Having been a fan of baseball my whole life, I was intrigued by the title. I have read a few other Tiger Kahn books and have been pleased with all of them.
Jan 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
Sports writing as God intended it: punchy, lyrical, observant, knowledgeable, and smart. At some point Kahn takes issue with the concept of progress, granting that many things (color TVs, weapons, sneakers, tennis rackets, word processors) are indisputably better today than in the past but other things are not. He lists “epic poems, violins, presidents, concert halls, blondes, plays about royalty, and—to put a point on this—managers and ballplayers” among the others. He gives some of the usual ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the forties and fifties, baseball was the national pastime. No other sport, professional or collegiate, was remotely as popular. And from 1947 to 1957, New York City, home to the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers, was the undisputed center of the baseball universe. Roger Kahn, best known for The Boys of Summer (the most compelling baseball book I have ever read), chronicles this glorious period of baseball in the aptly titled The Era, 1947-1957: When the Yankees, the Giants and the Dodgers Ruled ...more
Harold Kasselman
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful account of the characters and players that dominated baseball for a decade in what Kahn describes as the golden era of the sport. I thoroughly enjoyed being party to some of the conversations of the larger than life characters that molded that era: people like Rickey, O'Malley, Horace Stoneham, George Weiss, Larry MacPhail, Casey Stengel, Joe McCarthy, DiMaggio, Durocher, Mays, Mantle, Snider, Reese, Robinson and so many other interesting and often flawed men. Kahn writes in 1993 but ...more
Roger Kahn is a clear and engaging writer and this is a topic, New York City's Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants baseball teams in the postwar era, is not only of high interest to me, but is a subject with which Kahn has insider's expereince. I wish I could say that added up to the book of my dreams, but it kind of didn't. While the book contains some valuable insights into several important and elusive characters from the period like Casey Stengel and Walter O'Malley and also features some nice ...more
Tom Gase
Sep 30, 2010 rated it liked it
The Era is a good book on what is called the golden age of baseball, 1947-1957, when the Dodgers, Giants and Yankees all played in New York and were three of the best teams in baseball. Author Roger Kahn does a good job telling stories on the teams, and some of its great players like Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays and Pee Wee Reese, as well as coaches Leo Durocher and Casey Stengel.

I would have given it a higher ranking than three if not for the following...1)I've read a lot of
Donald Luther
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I sometimes think that my timing on certain things in my life has been outstanding. I discovered the joys of baseball at the end of 'The Era', the period Roger Kahn names as baseball's greatest. Of course, I came to baseball as a Phillie fan, missing out on the extraordinary baseball experience that was going on only 90 miles to my northeast.

'The Era' is an excellent treatment by an author who is regarded as one of the sport's greatest scribes. The book doesn't overpromise, and it deals at great
Nick Lincoln
Aug 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sport
As a fan of Americana and especially of that period of time post Second World War when the USA seemed invincible, I really really wanted to enjoy this book.

The problem is, this is a baseball book. And I know little about the game. I bought the book in the hope that perhaps it would flesh out the game for a novice. But it doesn't; there are no concessions to ignorance here. From the get-go Kahn uses the vast, arcane and esoteric language of baseball that left me out of my (undoubtedly) shallow
Tom Stamper
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
11 seasons where New York dominated baseball and eventually learned that there weren't enough fans to support 3 teams. The Giants, Yankees and Dodgers were in the thick and thin of it and Roger Kahn lays out the players and then the seasons in chronological order.

I can't say there was anything here that I hadn't heard or read elsewhere and yet it was still an enjoyable trip. Kahn is a partisan of the old days and he lets you know it. The book was written in the early 1990s and tells you that
Frank Butry
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I always love a good baseball book, especially books from the bygone era, where most names now are long forgotten. However, Mr.Kahn has some historical memory lapses at times, one for instance, is when he writes about the famous playoff game between the Dodgers and Giants in 1951. According to the author, only Jackie Robinson stayed on the field when Bobby Thomson hit his shot heard round the world. If you watch the film clip on youtube, you can see this is not true. All of the Dodgers stayed ...more
Jan 10, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: baseball
So far, so good. Just another great piece of work by Mr. Kahn. I love the back and forth between teams & storylines.

I just got through great stories about the rivalry between Larry Macphail & Branch Rickey, as well as between Larry Macphail & everyone else (including himself).

I think by far my favorite part/quote of the book came at page 59, by Ford C. Frick, president of the National League:

"I don't care if it wrecks the National League for five years. This is the United States of
Wayne Hastings
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a Dodger fan i found this book to be a wonderful precursor to their move to LA. It's well researched and much of the action is well described and brings you right into the games. I found the author's open stance on prejudice interesting in light of his own anti-O'Malley leaning. Something that adds significantly to the book is the available YouTube footage on many of the World Series games.
Travis Weir
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
Excellent read of the Golden decade after Integration occurred in Major League Baseball, right up until the move of the Dodgers and the Giants to the West Coast. A true golden age for baseball. Kahn capture's the feel of the time perfectly but skims over events a bit thinly in places. All in all, a great baseball book !
Jan 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Never realized the O'Malley family were such pricks. Always thought they were a class act in LA. Great insight into some of the greatest players, managers and personalities in New York during the era. Too much play-by-play description of some games. Khan's sources are phenomenal, how much fun it would be to be a research assistant on this project!
Chris Shores
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great glimpse at the 1940s and 1950s in baseball. A greater story of the characters that shaped it and the events which influenced baseball in New York (and California) for the rest of the century.
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned a good bit about life in the period following WWII, and how baseball tied into the life of New York City. It was a good tie-in with the recently read book on Jackie Robinson. Well worth the price and the time to read.
Jul 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Great detail about baseball in the "golden age" in New York. Kahn tells some terrific stories, but, often his tone smacks of a writer who is a little too convinced of his own greatness. Smug even. Still, a good baseball story is nothing to shake a stick at. worth reading.
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kahn hits another home run with his memoir recalling the glory days of when 'The Big Apple' fielded THREE major league baseball teams.
Mar 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
a book about when baseball was truly king in new york city, gives an excellent description of the intensity of the dodgers/giants rivalry.
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