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by David Halberstam

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERTHE BEST SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR"October 1964 should be a hit with old-time baseball fans, who'll relish the opportunity to relive that year's to-die-for World Series, when the dynastic but aging New York Yankees squared off against the upstart St. Louis Cardinals. It should be a hit with younger students of the game, who'll eat up the vivid portrayals of legends like Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris of the Yankees and Bob Gibson and Lou Brock of the Cardinals. Most of all, however, David Halberstam's new book should be a hit with anyone interested in understanding the important interplay between sports and society."--The Boston Globe"Compelling...1964 is a chronicle of the end of a great dynasty and of a game, like the country, on the cusp of enormous change."--Newsweek"Halberstam's latest gives us the feeling of actually being there--in another time, in the locker rooms and in the minds of baseball legends. His time and effort researching the book result in a fluency with his topic and a fluidity of writing that make the reading almost effortless....Absorbing."--San Francisco Chronicle"Wonderful...Memorable...Halberstam describes the final game of the 1964 series accurately and so dramatically, I almost thought I had forgotten the ending."--The Washington Post Book World"Superb reporting...Incisive analysis...You know from the start that Halberstam is going to focus on a large human canvas...One of the many joys of this book is the humanity with which Halberstam explores the characters as well as the talents of the players, coaches and managers. These are not demigods of summer but flawed, believable human beings who on occasion can rise to peaks of heroism."--Chicago Sun-TimesFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
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ISBN: 0517165953
ISBN13: 978-0517165959
Category: Sports
Subcategory: Miscellaneous
Author: David Halberstam
Language: English
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing (March 10, 1996)
ePUB size: 1831 kb
FB2 size: 1912 kb
Rating: 4.2
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This is an excellent history of the teams and players that made up the 1964 World Series. Mr. Halberstam does an excellent job in detailing all of the key players and other figures of this World Series. He goes in depth of what made up their personalities as well as what made them very good to great baseball players,managers or executives. It's also an excellent social history of America at that time. He tells of the struggles blacks had to get the Major Leagues and difficulties they had while there. He also talks about the 1964 season that was one of the best in history of professional baseball. There is also good details of the World Series and an excellent epilogue of what happened to all the key personalities of the book and also the two franchises involved,the Yankees and Cardinals. Any baseball fan should read this book. It extremely well written with great detailed information.
I have to mention that the Kindle version of this book has many typos in it. For example in a chapter near the end Mickey Mantle was referred to as Mamie Mantle. Was that his Grandmother? That is just one example of many errors throughout this book. The proof readers for Kindle should have done better job,IMO. But it did not take away from the quality of the content of the book.
I'm a life-long Cardinal fan. I was 13 in 1964, and I don't remember anything about that season except that we were playing dismally, well under .500, and then we got Lou Brock and the team caught fire - the rest is history. Until I did some research, I remembered that we were 12 games behind with 14 games to play, we won all 14 and the Phillies lost their last 10. Actually, my memory had enhanced that finish by a good bit, but we *were* waaay out and wound up winning most of our games while the Phillies collapsed, enabling the Cards to clinch the pennant (this was the last season before both leagues were broken into divisions and the playoff system was added) on the last day by 1/2 game.

This book is somewhat mis-named, as only the last chapter is really about the amazing World Series between the fading Yankees and the surging Cards. The book is really about those two teams, their history, and their condition and actions in 1964 that led to their meeting in the Series. It also has a *lot* of detail and history about the acceptance (or lack of, in the case of the Yankees) of black players in the major leagues.

There is also a lot of detail about the owners and management of the two teams. Also, pretty much every player, or at least major player, on the two teams is examined, including their origins and their history up to and including 1964.

I learned more about baseball (esp. about scouting and pitching) and these two teams in this book than I knew overall before. It is a "dense" book - I usually could only read a chapter (they are long chapters) a night. I highly recommend it to all serious fans of both teams.
Reading this has been uplifting to my spirits. It's not the baseball, it's the insights into the struggles and relationships of the individuals as their careers develop. The author does a wonderful job of retelling those key moments and eye opening events that brought these young men into maturing adults. The most prominent fault line is that of black men coming together with white men and white society in an era when so much new ground was being broken. Beyond that there is the tension of self-doubt and stress that is so prominent in any sport where the competition is tough and failure is never far away. And also just the full gamut of relationship issues that are so important to anyone, especially in a new environment. The author depicts many situations and interchanges that were heart-warming for me. Sensitivity where one would not expect it.

I was a kid following baseball intently in that era, and I've played some competitive ball as well. So I am very interested to now know as people what had been just names in the newspaper or images on the TV from that era. Also being introduced to some remarkable men who were outside of the public view but who had such an impact on others' lives. Notably the scouts and coaches.

Specifically we learn about the lives of numerous players on both the Yankee and Cardinal teams of the 1960s. Where they came from and how they got up to the major league team and how the stresses of the season played out for them. So much has to do with the relationships between the players. That's the fullness of anyone's life, as opposed to the narrow slice that fills up the sports pages and energizes sports talk amongst the public.

My sense of respect comes partly for the author but primarily for the hearts of those key men who gave so much to others. Most of which was new to me. On the author's behalf I might assert that each of us is a protagonist in our own life stories. And like the best authors, Mr. Halberstam gets me feeling like I'm inside the skin of many of those depicted in this book.
Prince Persie
Interesting book about the 1964 World Series concentrating on the social changes within baseball. The contrasted the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees contrasting their recruitment and managerial styles. Especial emphasis is placed on the recruitment of black players. I found the individual stories of the various personalities interesting but I found the technical aspects less interesting but this was a book club pick and I'm not a great baseball fan. I however enjoyed the book and learned what ERA and RBI mean, so that was good.
Nobody wrote so lovingly about baseball as David Halberstam. He is truly missed. This is bittersweet masterpiece about the end of the Yankee dynasty at about the time my childhood years were ending and I was beginning to learn that teams and legends grow old, too. Love the photos included in the book, in particular, an action shot of Roger Maris at the plate taking a full swing at one of Bob Gipson's fastballs - If you loved baseball in the 1960's you will love this great book.