The Roger Kahn Reader Book

The Roger Kahn Reader


  • Author : Roger Kahn
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • File Size : 15,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2018-06-01
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 404
  • ISBN 10 : 9780803294721

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"A rich collection of fifty-one stories and articles by Roger Kahn. Written across six decades, this volume shows Kahn's ability to describe the athletes he profiled as they truly were in a manner neither compromised nor cruel but always authentic and up close"--

The Roger Kahn Reader Book

The Roger Kahn Reader


  • Author : Roger Kahn
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • File Size : 19,7 Mb
  • Release Date : 2018-06
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 408
  • ISBN 10 : 9781496207180

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Most famous for his classic work The Boys of Summer, Roger Kahn is widely regarded as one of the greatest sportswriters of our time. The Roger Kahn Reader is a rich collection of his stories and articles that originally appeared in publications such as Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, Esquire, and the Nation. Kahn’s pieces, published between 1952 and today, present a vivid, turbulent, and intimate picture of more than half a century in American sport. His standout writings bring us close to entrepreneurs and hustlers (Walter O'Malley and Don King), athletes of Olympian gifts (Ted Williams, Stan Musial, “Le Demon Blond” Guy Lefleur), and sundry compelling issues of money, muscle, and myth. We witness Roger Maris’s ordeal by fame; Bob Gibson’s blazing competitive fire; and Red Smith, now white-haired and renowned, contemplating his beginnings and his future. Also included is a new and original chapter, “Clem,” about the author’s compelling lifelong friendship with former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Clem Labine. Written across six decades, this volume shows Kahn’s ability to describe the athletes he profiled as they truly were in a manner neither compromised nor cruel but always authentic and up close.

The Boys of Summer Book
Score: 3.5
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The Boys of Summer


  • Author : Roger Kahn
  • Publisher : Aurum
  • File Size : 10,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2013-08-01
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9781781312070

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This is a book about young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s, and then went on to play for one of the most exciting major-league ball clubs ever fielded, the team that broke the colour barrier with Jackie Robinson. It is a book by and about a sportswriter who grew up near Ebbets Field, and who had the good fortune in the 1950s to cover the Dodgers for the Herald Tribune. This is a book about what happened to Jackie, Carl Erskine, Pee Wee Reese, and the others when their glory days were behind them. In short, it is a book fathers and sons and about the making of modern America. 'At a point in life when one is through with boyhood, but has not yet discovered how to be a man, it was my fortune to travel with the most marvelously appealing of teams.' Sentimental because it holds such promise, and bittersweet because that promise is past, the first sentence of this masterpiece of sporting literature, first published in the early '70s, sets its tone. The team is the mid-20th-century Brooklyn Dodgers, the team of Robinson and Snyder and Hodges and Reese, a team of great triumph and historical import composed of men whose fragile lives were filled with dignity and pathos. Roger Kahn, who covered that team for the New York Herald Tribune, makes understandable humans of his heroes as he chronicles the dreams and exploits of their young lives, beautifully intertwining them with his own, then recounts how so many of those sweet dreams curdled as the body of these once shining stars grew rusty with age and battered by experience.

How the Weather Was Book

How the Weather Was


  • Author : Roger Kahn
  • Publisher : Diversion Books
  • File Size : 5,6 Mb
  • Release Date : 2013-11-12
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 225
  • ISBN 10 : 9781938120442

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The author of The Boys of Summer writes about an array of legendary figures in this collection of essays and interviews from the late 1950s to the 1970s. “… In the end, the range, like the style, reflects myself. Let the present, then, and the recent past, the ball players, poets, policemen, professors, musicians—in short, these emperors and clowns—stride before you, each hoping, as the author does, to please.” Robert Frost, Claudio Arrau, John Lardner, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Leo Durocher, Bobby Thomson, Al Rosen, Jascha Heifetz, and other celebrities in their years of glory, in their times of trial. This is a book about people to be remembered, and what it was like in America at a very special time. “Beautiful…persons and events through the eyes of a sharp, articulate observer.”—New York Times “No one else has written a piece so startling about the legend of Babe Ruth…After reading this book you will never feel the same about a lot of legends…A very special book…A book to treasure.”—Chicago Sun-Times “Irresistible…You can’t stop reading!”—Chicago Tribune

The Seventh Game Book

The Seventh Game


  • Author : Roger Kahn
  • Publisher : Diversion Books
  • File Size : 7,5 Mb
  • Release Date : 2012-10-28
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN 10 : 9781938120497

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The seventh game of the World Series is about to be played, and more than the world championship is at stake. A man's destiny is on the line. Johnny Longboat, one of baseball's greatest pitchers, is taking the mound for the New York Mohawks in what may be his final game. With millions of eyes upon him, only he is aware of the conflicts tormenting him. At forty-one, Johnny is a man trying to make sense of his past while fearing what the future could bring when his playing career ends. As the deciding seventh game of a bitterly fought World Series suspensefully moves, inning by inning, toward its dramatic climax, and before the seventh game is over, Johnny Longboat is ready to make some hard choices. He's ready to find out just how much strength is left in his arm—and in his soul. Praise for Roger Kahn: "As a kid, I loved sports first and writing second, and loved everything Roger Kahn wrote. As an adult, I love writing first and sports second, and love Roger Kahn even more." —Pulitzer Prize winner, David Maraniss "He can epitomize a player with a single swing of the pen." —Time magazine "Roger Kahn is the best baseball writer in the business." —Stephen Jay Gould, New York Review of Books "A work of high moral purpose and great poetic accomplishment. The finest American book on sports." —James Michener on The Boys of Summer "Kahn has the almost unfair gift of easy, graceful writing." —Boston Herald

Into My Own Book

Into My Own


  • Author : Roger Kahn
  • Publisher : Diversion Books
  • File Size : 17,7 Mb
  • Release Date : 2013-11-12
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 341
  • ISBN 10 : 9781938120459

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From the author of A Season in the Sun, a memoir from one of America’s foremost sportswriters about his life and influences. After successful seasons as a newspaperman and magazine writer, Roger Kahn burst onto the national scene in 1972 with his memorable bestseller, The Boys of Summer, memorializing the Brooklyn Dodgers. Here he wrote a book for the hearts and minds of his readers. Chronicling his own life, Into My Own is Kahn’s reflection on the eight people who shaped him as a man, a father, and a writer. Into My Own is the touching memoir of an unassuming man, whose great love of baseball and literature led him into extraordinary experiences, opportunities, and friendships. Even amidst great family tragedy and personal difficulty, Kahn prevailed—amongst poets, writers, politicians, and most of all, ballplayers. “In this engaging memoir, Kahn…looks back at baseball and much more as he presents his episodic reminiscences as free-form essays arranged loosely around iconic figures from his past…Kahn has a graceful, personal style, full of deftly evoked color and characters, with a bit of the newspaperman's hard-bitten swagger and a two-fisted liberalism one doesn't see much anymore.”—Publishers Weekly Praise for Roger Kahn “As a kid, I loved sports first and writing second, and loved everything Roger Kahn wrote. As an adult, I love writing first and sports second, and love Roger Kahn even more.”—Pulitzer Prize winner, David Maraniss “A work of high moral purpose and great poetic accomplishment. The finest American book on sports.”—James Michener on The Boys of Summer “Kahn has the almost unfair gift of easy, graceful writing.”—Boston Herald

The Era  1947   1957 Book

The Era 1947 1957


  • Author : Roger Kahn
  • Publisher : Diversion Books
  • File Size : 9,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2014-01-15
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN 10 : 9781938120480

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The author of The Boys of Summer explores the golden age of baseball, an unforgettable time when the game thrived as America’s unrivaled national sport. The Era begins in 1947, with Jackie Robinson changing major league baseball forever by taking the field for the Dodgers. Dazzling, momentous events characterize the decade that followed—Robinson’s amazing accomplishments; the explosion on the national scene of such soon-to-be legends as Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Bobby Thomson, Duke Snider, and Yogi Berra; Casey Stengel’s crafty managing; the emergence of televised games; and the stunning success of the Yankees as they play in nine out of eleven World Series. The Era concludes with the relocation of the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, a move that shook the sport to its very roots. “Kahn knows where the bodies are buried and allows his audience a joyous read as he digs them up.”—Publishers Weekly “[Kahn] engagingly captures the flavor of the times by bringing to the fore the defining traits and relationships that added human dimension to the sport.”—Library Journal “Kahn weaves such personal information into his rich descriptions of thrilling regular-season, playoff and World Series games. And in doing so he endows the players, managers and owners with more dynamic dimensions than any baseball writer of his generation. The men in The Era are ballplayers, not deities; and it takes the unerring strength of a straight shooter like Kahn to remind nostalgic baseball fans of that simple fact.”—Chicago Tribune

The Jackie Robinson Reader Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Jackie Robinson Reader


  • Author : Roger Kahn
  • Publisher : Plume Books
  • File Size : 12,6 Mb
  • Release Date : 1998-02
  • Genre: African American baseball players
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 0452275822

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Jackie Robinson changed the face of baseball and captured the attention and hearts of America in 1947. "The Jackie Robinson Reader" gathers writings that demonstrate the cultural impact of Robinson's actions and the life of the man himself. 8-page photo insert.

Good Enough to Dream Book
Score: 4
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Good Enough to Dream


  • Author : Roger Kahn
  • Publisher : Diversion Books
  • File Size : 14,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2012-10-28
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9781938120503

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The true story of a year in the life of the Utica Blue Sox, a minor league baseball team in upstate New York, by the acclaimed author of The Boys of Summer. Roger Kahn’s The Boys of Summer immortalized the 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers. Good Enough to Dream does the same for players whose moment in the sun has not yet arrived. Here, Kahn tells the story of his year as owner of the Class A, very minor league Utica Blue Sox. Most of the Blue Sox never made it to the majors, but they all shared the dream that links the small child in the sandlot with the superstar who has just smacked one out of the stadium. This is a look at the heart of America’s pastime, a game still sweet enough to lure grown men to leagues where first-class transportation was an old school bus and the infield was likely to be the consistency of thick soup. It is a funny and poignant story of one season, and one special team, that will make us hesitate before we ever call anything “bush league” again. Praise for Roger Kahn “As a kid, I loved sports first and writing second, and loved everything Roger Kahn wrote. As an adult, I love writing first and sports second, and love Roger Kahn even more.” —David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner “He can epitomize a player with a single swing of the pen.” —Time “Roger Kahn is the best baseball writer in the business.” —Stephen Jay Gould, The New York Review of Books

A Flame of Pure Fire Book

A Flame of Pure Fire


  • Author : Roger Kahn
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin
  • File Size : 17,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Boxers (Sports)
  • Pages : 520
  • ISBN 10 : UCSC:32106015350777

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"Chronicles the life of heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey, discussing how Dempsey embodied the spirit of America in the 1920s"--OCLC

Pete Rose Book

Pete Rose


  • Author : Pete Rose
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • File Size : 7,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : UCAL:B4384732

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Pete Rose tells the story behind his expulsion from baseball.

The Wendell Smith Reader Book

The Wendell Smith Reader


  • Author : Wendell Smith
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • File Size : 8,9 Mb
  • Release Date : 2023-04-03
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476649412

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With the world's eyes on Jackie Robinson, there were not many who noticed the sportswriter who traveled by the baseball star's side in 1946-47. Wendell Smith was a pioneer not only in writing, but in broadcast media as well, with a career that spanned 1937-1972 and included more than 1,500 written pieces. After an extensive biographical sketch, this work presents a collection of Smith's writings. Chapters are organized to present him as one who chronicled Black history, traveled extensively, challenged racism, noted progress in racial relations, criticized friends, praised enemies, and bid farewell to notable figures who passed before him. Black athletes covered in his writings include Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Ernie Banks, and many more. When necessary, the editor provides commentary to provide context or illustrate key points.

October Men Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

October Men


  • Author : Roger Kahn
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • File Size : 14,6 Mb
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 420
  • ISBN 10 : 0151006288

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Recounts one of the great summers of baseball history, 1978--the year the Yankees won the World Series after a tumultuous season.

Joe   Marilyn Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

Joe Marilyn


  • Author : Roger Kahn
  • Publisher : Diversion Books
  • File Size : 6,6 Mb
  • Release Date : 2012-10-28
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN 10 : 9781938120466

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“Two legendary figures assume humanity…Poignant, humorous, and convincing.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY To the public, it was a match made in heaven. In private, it was nine months of hell. This is the riveting story of what went wrong with one of the world’s most dazzling romances. His dark jealousy…her need for love. His temper…her affairs. His pride…her ambition. A searing drama of powerfully clashing egos. A tense tragedy of taut emotions and driving passions. And, finally, a bittersweet monument to the devoted friendship that endured despite it all. Praise for Roger Kahn: "As a kid, I loved sports first and writing second, and loved everything Roger Kahn wrote. As an adult, I love writing first and sports second, and love Roger Kahn even more." —Pulitzer Prize winner, David Maraniss "He can epitomize a player with a single swing of the pen." —TIME magazine "Roger Kahn is the best baseball writer in the business." —Stephen Jay Gould, New York Review of Books "Kahn has the almost unfair gift of easy, graceful writing." —BOSTON HERALD

Man on Spikes Book

Man on Spikes


  • Author : Eliot Asinof
  • Publisher : SIU Press
  • File Size : 7,7 Mb
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN 10 : 0809321904

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Selected as one of baseball literature's Golden Dozen by Roger Kahn, Man on Spikes is an uncompromisingly realistic novel about a baseball player who struggles through sixteen years of personal crises and professional ordeals before finally appearing in a major league game. In a preface to this new edition, Eliot Asinof reveals the longsuffering ballplayer and friend upon which the novel is based.