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Epic Season The 1948 American League Pennant Race (Paperback)

Author:  David E. Kaiser
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1558491473
ISBN-13: 9781558491472
Sku: 30341047
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  320
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This book recounts the story of one of the most memorable seasons in the history of major league baseball. Drawing on interviews with surviving participants as well as daily newspaper accounts, David Kaiser re-creates the drama of the 1948 American League pennant race and places it within a broader historical context.

Unfolding at a time when baseball truly was America's "national pastime, " the '48 season saw three teams vie for a championship that always seemed within reach but was never assured. In Cleveland, under the guidance of maverick owner Bill Veeck and charismatic player-manager Lou Boudreau, the Indians set new attendance records with a team that included the first black player in the American League, Larry Doby, and perhaps the most famous pitcher never to have appeared in a major league game, Satchel Paige. In Boston, Ted Williams enhanced his already fabled reputation with another extraordinary season, leading a Red Sox team that new manager Joe McCarthy had reshaped during the off-season. In New York, the defending champion Yankees struggled to repeat behind a crippled Joe DiMaggio, whose clutch hitting down the stretch enthralled baseball fans everywhere. In a year in which no team ever led the league by as many as four games, these three teams eventually found themselves in a tie with just nine days to go, and the season had to be extended to decide the race.

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Newspaper accounts and interviews with participants document the championship battle between the Indians, the Red Sox, and the Yankees.Newspaper accounts and interviews with participants document the championship battle between the Indians, the Red Sox, and the YankeesThis book recounts the story of one of the most memorable seasons in the history of major league baseball. Drawing on interviews with surviving participants as well as daily newspaper accounts, David Kaiser re-creates the drama of the 1948 American League pennant race and places it within a broader historical context.|Unfolding at a time when baseball truly was America's "national pastime," the '48 season saw three teams vie for a championship that always seemed within reach but was never assured. In Cleveland, under the guidance of maverick owner Bill Veeck and charismatic player-manager Lou Boudreau, the Indians set new attendance records. In Boston, Ted Williams enhanced his already fabled reputation with another extraordinary season, leading a Red Sox team that new manager Joe McCarthy had reshaped during the off-season. In New York, the defending champion Yankees struggled to repeat behind a crippled Joe DiMaggio. In a year in which no team ever led the league by as many as four games, these three teams eventually found themselves in a tie with just nine days to go, and the season had to be extended to decide the race.
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An account of the 1948 race for the American League pennant. With baseball having returned to it's prewar prominence in America, three great teams--the New York Yankees, the Cleveland Indians, and the Boston Red Sox, with legendary ballplayers like Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams--engaged in a season-long contest eventually won by the Indians.

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"Kaiser does a creditable job of weaving first and second-hand accounts into his chronicle... 03/15/1998

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0320
Product attributePublisher:   University of Massachusetts Press
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