"Take me out to the ballgame."
In the summer of 1949, the eyes of sports fans across the country were focused on The Great American Pastime. It was the heyday of baseball.
Freckle-face kids, their parents, and grandparents alike listened to their team's games on the radio, and to them "their" players were above reproach.
But this year was exceptionally distinct, as the American League pennant race would resolve itself in a winner-take-all final game between legendary rivals the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Jackie Robinson...the heroes who epitomize baseball are all here in this epic battle, brought to light by David Halberstam with passion and intensity in this true-to-life recreation of the most dramatic moments in baseball history.
Mel Allen is uniquely suited to read this story of Summer of '49...he was the Yankees actual play-by-play announcer in 1949 and was the "Voice of the Yankees" from 1946 through 1964. In the spring of 1989 he became the first non-player ever to receive the "Pride of the Yankees" Award.
©1989 David Halberstam (P)1989, 2017 Dove Morrow Books-On-Tape / Phoenix Books