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Titre : Epic Season: The 1948 American League ...
Éditeur : University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, MA
Date d'édition : 1998
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Near Fine
Edition : 1st Edition.
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This book recounts the story of one of the most memorable seasons in the history of major league baseball. Drawing on interviews with surviving participants as well as daily newspaper accounts, David Kaiser re-creates the drama of the 1948 American League pennant race and places it within a broader historical context.
Unfolding at a time when baseball truly was America's "national pastime," the '48 season saw three teams vie for a championship that always seemed within reach but was never assured. In Cleveland, under the guidance of maverick owner Bill Veeck and charismatic player-manager Lou Boudreau, the Indians set new attendance records with a team that included the first black player in the American League, Larry Doby, and perhaps the most famous pitcher never to have appeared in a major league game, Satchel Paige. In Boston, Ted Williams enhanced his already fabled reputation with another extraordinary season, leading a Red Sox team that new manager Joe McCarthy had reshaped during the off-season. In New York, the defending champion Yankees struggled to repeat behind a crippled Joe DiMaggio, whose clutch hitting down the stretch enthralled baseball fans everywhere.
Critique: At no time in the 1948 season did any team lead the American League by four games. With less than a month remaining, the Yankees, Red Sox, Indians, and A's charged down the stretch heads apart. Cleveland eventually captured the flag in a one-game playoff against Boston, but it wasn't just the pennant race that year that was so remarkable; it was the season itself. In Cleveland, Lou Bourdreu experienced his greatest days as player-manager, Larry Doby took his place in the outfield, and the team's charismatic owner, Bill Veeck, brought in a 42-year-old rookie named Satchel Paige, who won six, lost one, did to Major League hitters what he'd been doing to their Negro League counterparts for decades, and perfectly complemented a couple of other Hall of Fame hurlers, Bob Feller and Bob Lemon. In Boston, long-time Yankee manager Joe McCarthy went over to the enemy, and Ted Williams came off a Triple Crown title with a season just as good. The A's, under Connie Mack, naturally folded first, but the Yankees, behind the heroics of an injured Joe DiMaggio and the emergence of Yogi Berra, stayed in it until the last weekend.
Using interviews with such stars as Doby, Feller, Dom DiMaggio, and virtually every newspaper and magazine account of the times, Kaiser, a historian by profession, replays the season in painstaking detail, almost game by game, keeping in sight his larger context: a postwar game for a postwar nation. From time to time, that bigger picture turns his prose a little purple, but his subject is big enough to deflect that like an overmatched fastball. To keep things feeling contemporary, he drops the standings in every few pages, a visually dramatic effect that, like a good cliffhanger, keeps you gasping for how it all turns out, even though it turned out the way it did 50 years ago. --Jeff Silverman
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