Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Boys of Summer
Roger Kahn


This is a book 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 book 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 a book 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 book about America, about fathers and sons, prejudice and courage, triumph and disaster, and told with warmth, humor, wit, candor, and love. This books was published first in 1972 and has become a classic of the sport of baseball.

Paperback (20cm x 13cm), 512pp
Harper Perennial, 2006
ISBN 9780060883966