Summer Game

ISBN-10: 0803259514

ISBN-13: 9780803259515

Edition: 2004

Authors: Roger Angell

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The Summer Game, Roger Angell’s first book on the sport, changed baseball writing forever. Thoughtful, funny, appreciative of the elegance of the game and the passions invested by players and fans, it goes beyond the usual sports reporter’s beat to examine baseball’s complex place in our American psyche. Between the miseries of the 1962 expansion Mets and a classic 1971 World Series between the Pirates and the Orioles, Angell finds baseball in the 1960s as a game in transition—marked by league expansion, uprooted franchises, the growing hegemony of television, the dominance of pitchers, uneasy relations between players and owners, and mounting competition from other sports for the fans’ dollars. Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Tom Seaver, Jim Palmer, and Casey Stengel are seen here with fresh clarity and pleasure. Here is California baseball in full flower, the once-mighty Yankees in collapse, baseball in French (in Montreal), indoor baseball (at the Astrodome), and sweet spring baseball (in Florida)—as Angell observes, “Always, it seems, there is something more to be discovered about this game.”
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 3/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 303
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Roger Angell lives in New York City.

Rustle of Spring
Box Scores
The Old Folks behind Home
The Short Season
The "Go!" Shouters
S Is for So Lovable
A Clean, Well-Lighted Cellar
Classics and Campaigns--I
A Tale of Three Cities
Taverns in the Town
Two Strikes on the Image
West of the Bronx
The Future, Maybe
The Cool Bubble
Classics and Campaigns--II
A Terrific Strain
The Flowering and Subsequent Deflowering of New England
A Little Noise at Twilight
The Leaping Corpse, the Shallow Cellar, the French Pastime, the Walking Radio, and Other Summer Mysteries
Days and Nights with the Unbored
The Baltimore Vermeers
Part of a Season: Bay and Back Bay
Some Pirates and Lesser Men
The Interior Stadium
The Interior Stadium
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