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The victory season : the end of World War II and the birth of baseball's golden age
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The subtitle here may confuse. To most baseball fans, wasn't the sport's golden age before World War II? After the war, we got what is usually called the "modern" age of baseball. Be that as it may, this is a punchy history of the transitional time (see Bridging Two Dynasties, below, for a related title), driven by an emphasis on the personalities of the time, both those players who emerged from the war with more to give the game, e.g., DiMaggio, Williams, Feller, and those who represented a new era, e.g., Jackie Robinson, who gave the game his life. Weintraub (sports columnist, Slate; The House That Ruth Built) also relates colorful stories of managers on and off the field (e.g., Leo Durocher and his womanizing), broadcasters (Red Barber) and front-office men such as Larry McPhail, and the obligatory Branch Rickey. From chapter to chapter the topic changes with no narrative bridge. Weintraub often adopts the language of a golden-era news guy, with phrases such as "a mighty ruckus" and "the press boys." VERDICT Much of this won't be new to those who lived then or had parents who did. Recommended, though, as a great choice for rising generations of baseball fans.-MH (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The triumphant story of baseball and America after World War II<br> <br> In 1945 Major League Baseball had become a ghost of itself. Parks were half empty, the balls were made with fake rubber, and mediocre replacements roamed the fields, as hundreds of players, including the game's biggest stars, were serving abroad, devoted to unconditional Allied victory in World War II.<br> <br> But by the spring of 1946, the country was ready to heal. The war was finally over, and as America's fathers and brothers were coming home, so too were the sport's greats. Ted Williams, Stan Musial, and Joe DiMaggio returned with bats blazing, making the season a true classic that ended in a thrilling seven-game World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. America also witnessed the beginning of a new era in baseball-it was a year of attendance records, the first year Yankee Stadium held night games, the last year the Green Monster wasn't green, and, most significant, Jackie Robinson's first year playing in the Brooklyn Dodgers' system.<br> <br> The Victory Season brings to vivid life these years of baseball and war, including the littleknown "World Series" that servicemen played in a captured Hitler Youth stadium in the fall of 1945. Robert Weintraub's extensive research and vibrant storytelling enliven the legendary season that embodies what we now think of as the game's golden era.<br> <br>
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
1The "Mature Ted Williams"p. 13
2The Fallenp. 24
3Kidnapping the Kaiser and Other Adventuresp. 30
4Reunited Redbirdsp. 40
5From Hitler to Hardballp. 51
6The Dodgers Take Daytonap. 63
7"The Right Man for This Test"p. 73
8Reality Checkp. 83
9The Most Interesting Man in the Worldp. 90
10Opening Dayp. 98
11Jackie's Debutp. 105
12Trial by Furyp. 111
13Tltose Splendid Soxp. 120
14Baseball for the One Percentp. 127
15Casualtiesp. 133
16Montrealp. 146
17The Bratp. 155
18Paralysisp. 160
19Finitop. 170
20Strike Outp. 179
21Here Comes "Vie Man"p. 188
22"Bullseye!"p. 198
23All Things Eephusp. 205
24Luckyp. 216
25The Leo Beatp. 221
26Red, Whitey, and "Four-Sack" Dusakp. 234
27CPO Fellerp. 246
28The Jewel of Pigtownp. 257
29Fighting Retreatp. 268
30Here's to You, Mrs. Robinsonp. 276
31The Autumn of Their Discontentp. 281
32Victoirep. 295
33The Stretch Runp. 300
34The First Playoffp. 308
35Splinteredp. 318
36The World Seriesp. 322
37The Series Comes to the Hubp. 337
38Cat Scratch Feverp. 353
39The Mad Dashp. 359
40Aftermathp. 377
Epiloguep. 384
Acknowledgmentsp. 404
Notesp. 408
Bibliographyp. 441
Indexp. 447
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