Thursday, June 18
Summer of '49 - David Halberstam
"For people in their 50's now, the summer of 1949 was the morning of life, when to be young (and a Yankee fan) was very heaven. That summer was supposed to belong to the Boston Red Sox, with Casey Stengel, thought to be a clown, newly installed as Yankee manager, and Joe DiMaggio out of the opening-day lineup with bone spurs in his foot. It was, as a broadcaster observes in this irresistible sports history, 'the last moment of innocence in American life.' The book's author, David Halberstam, adds that the pace of living would soon accelerate 'from the combination of endless technological breakthroughs and undreamed-of affluence in ordinary homes.' The opening game of the World Series that autumn would be the first baseball game televised to a mass audience, so the character of the game would soon change. ..."
ESPN: "Summer of '49" by David Halberstam