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A Season in the Sun
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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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
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
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
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
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.