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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,984 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roger Kahn Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The classic narrative of growing up within shouting distance of Ebbets Field, covering the Jackie Robinson Dodgers, and what's happened to everybody since.

This is a story 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 color barrier with Jackie Robinson. It is a story 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 the story 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 story about America, about fathers and sons, prejudice and courage, triumph and disaster, and told with warmth, humor, wit, candor and love. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nathan | 1/31/2014

    " One of the better sports books that I have read, though it wouldn't take much to win that honor. Sports books, for me, are often as bad as sports movies, most of which are terrible. This one, however, starts so strongly as a memoir that even as it tails off in the end, I find it hard to criticize it. The "where are they now" aspect probably hurts this book ultimately, as I was not alive in '72 when the book was initially published, so I find myself reaching for where they are NOW. Carl Erskine's relationship with his son, along with Jackie Robinson and the dynamic with Branch Rickey is something special to behold. If you are a fan of baseball nostalgia, like I am, then pick this up. If not, maybe skip it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gary | 1/28/2014

    " it's about baseball - enough said! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ken | 1/19/2014

    " got me through another winter month without baseball. rich, deep, well-researched history of the men who changed baseball forever and the world too. Jackie Robinson should be posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie | 1/16/2014

    " If you have any affection for baseball, this book is wonderful. It really makes you think about male relationships and how sports (particularly the American-ness of baseball) brings people together. Lovely prose and great remembrances. "

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