By Roger Kahn
For one complete baseball season in 1976, Roger Kahn again to his favourite activity to work out the way it used to be doing, seek advice from a few of its practitioners and veterans, and check out to determine even if it nonetheless the usual magic.
His seek led him from small collage groups in rural Arkansas, whose each member hopes to make the Majors, to Houston for a glance on the financial ruin of the Astros and the Astrodome, and to la to discover the fashionable miracle of Walter O'Malley's Dodgers. It introduced him interviews with outdated acquaintances like restaurateur Stan Musial, boat salesman Early Wynn, and the brave baseball maverick invoice Veeck, now proprietor of the Chicago White Sox. He was once capable of detect a great New England type A workforce that performs to drain stands due to television, and the phenomenon of baseball enthusiasm on Roberto Clemente's Caribbean island. eventually, it gave him the opportunity to get to understand the incomparable Johnny Bench and to spend a part of the 1976 Yankees-Reds international sequence within the corporation of the Series' Most worthy player.
A Season within the sunlight is greater than a publication approximately baseball. Like Roger Kahn's vintage the men of summer time, it's a hot and affectionate evocation of small-town and big-town America.
Praise for Roger Kahn:
"As a child, I enjoyed activities first and writing moment, and enjoyed every thing Roger Kahn wrote. As an grownup, i admire writing first and activities moment, and love Roger Kahn even more." —Pulitzer Prize winner, David Maraniss
"He can epitomize a participant with a unmarried swing of the pen." —Time magazine
"Roger Kahn is the easiest baseball author within the business." —Stephen Jay Gould, manhattan overview of Books
"Kahn has the just about unfair present of simple, sleek writing." —Boston bring in
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A Season in the Sun by Roger Kahn