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A Season in the Sun

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In 1976 Roger Kahn spent an entire baseball season, from spring training through the World Series, with players of every stripe and competence. The result is this book,in which Kahn reports on a small college team’s successes and hopes, a young New England ball club, a failing major league franchise, and a group of heroes on the national stage. ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Bison Books (first published May 1st 1978)
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Tom Gase
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Parts of this book was interesting, as I liked the parts on the Astrodome, Bill Veeck and Stan Musial, but a lot of this was kind of boring. Roger Kahn has written some great books such a Boys of Summer, October Men and The Era, but this one seemed like he was trying too much to pull off what John Steinbeck did with Travels with Charley. It doesn't really work here as it is planned and not a drive through American and meeting people randomly. I'd start with Kahn's other books before reading ...more
Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
This short book of vignettes from the 1976 baseball season starts off strong. The intro was like a magic trick - you think he's talking about one thing then you realize it's something else. Well done. And there are flashes of brilliance in the comedy reported throughout the book. But it hangs together rather loosely, like this was really a series of those "human interest stories" about ball players ranging from Little Leaguers to retired Negro League all stars to Stan Musial, Johnny Bench, and ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a short chronicle of Kahn's travels during the 1976 baseball season. The most interesting thing about it is that it was written in 1976. It is not nostalgia and, of course, Kahn has no idea what will happen in the future. It is both the strength and the weakness of the book. It is amazing to hear 46 year old Sparky Anderson, manager of the Big Red Machine, say his "Three Hall of Famers" get different treatment because they have earned it. He mean by this Bench, Morgan and Rose. It is ...more
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
Kahn is my favorite baseball writer. He knows the game as well as anyone who's ever written about, and his knowledge, respect and passion come through in every piece he writes. I like the idea of writing about a single season as experienced at various levels of the game, from fields in Puerto Rico to tagging along with Johnny Bench during the 1976 World Series. Almost 40 years later it's easy to read the book and be nostalgic, but the book seems to carry a sense of nostalgia that was probably no ...more
Todd Weber
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this once when I was a kid when the book was fairly new, but wanted to re-read. Kahn's writing is terrific. He went on the road for a whole season and could have written about anything or anybody he wanted. His choices seemed a little off the wall, which makes it more interesting to me. Not the same old angles of a typical beat writer.
Nov 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
Enjoyable book and very quick to read.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Easy and enjoyable baseball book. Good read for simple relaxation. Low rating due to some questionable facts. If you like baseball you will like this book.
May 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
An excellent collection of profiles of people in baseball. I can't repeat the one on Stan Musial without getting choked up
Matt Moran
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: baseball, kahn
Lacking cohesion, below his normal standards.
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