Description : By the award-winning author of Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit, Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s touching memoir of growing up in love with her family and baseball. Set in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year re-creates the postwar era, when the corner store was a place to share stories and neighborhoods were equally divided between Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans. We meet the people who most influenced Goodwin’s early life: her mother, who taught her the joy of books but whose debilitating illness left her housebound: and her father, who taught her the joy of baseball and to root for the Dodgers of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, and Gil Hodges. Most important, Goodwin describes with eloquence how the Dodgers’ leaving Brooklyn in 1957, and the death of her mother soon after, marked both the end of an era and, for her, the end of childhood.
Description : Wait tell Next Year is the inside story of one of the most dramatic personalities of our time and a re-creation of many of the most exciting moments in modern baseball. If nothing else had counted but hits, runs and errors, Jackie Robinson wouldn't have had many problems during his years as a major figure in the sports world. But his great ability as a player was often over-shadowed by the fact that he was the first Negro in major league baseball. He was - and still is - a man of burning pride and, above all, courage. He is a man who plays to win, on and off the baseball diamond. Jackie Robinson was born in a share-croppers cabin in Georgia. He first won national fame as a college and basketball star at U.C.L.A. And later played in the Negro Baseball leagues. Then, at twenty-six backed by Branch Ricky's tough support, he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. During his controversial record-breaking years with the Dodgers - and the important years since his retirement from baseball in 1956 - he has fought constantly for Negro equality and an end to racial antagonism and discrimination. WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR then is much more than a narrative of Jackie Robinson's brilliant sports career. The whole story is here, including the problems that confronted his mother and his wife and children, and the dramatic scenes when Robinson refused to submit to prejudice in the Army, in housing for his family, in baseball training camps. Robinson himself describes for the reader some of these crisis in life, and his wife speaks of the events which especially affected her. Carl Rowan one of the country's finest reporters has written this biography of a great athlete with warmth, sympathy and full awareness of its value as a spirited American document.
Description : For sports fans all across the country their worst nightmare is missing the big game. Now imagine a fan not only missing a year's worth of big games, but also in that time everything even remotely related to sports. No ESPN, no sports-talk radio, no reading the sports page, no fantasy football, and especially not any seats in the bleachers. Would it be possible in our sports-obsessed society to avoid it all for a year - let alone survive the ordeal? This was the monumental question Mathew DeKinder, a certifiable sports nut, took on and chronicled in "Wait 'Till Next Year: A Die-Hard Fan's Year Without Sports." Having found that being a sports fan took up a massive amount of free time, not to mention the life-or-death reactions to the games themselves, the author hoped to gain a healthy dose of perspective - or at the very least the ability to stop punching holes in the walls of the den after a soul-crushing loss, by avoiding the world of fan culture for a year. This undertaking, which even the most casual sports fan would consider damn-near herculean, was at times discouraging, surprising, hilarious and even satisfying. But more than anything, the result is a book for all those embittered souls who have ever turned off their television or stormed out of a stadium vowing "never again!" after having their hearts broken by a tough loss. This book provides a better understanding of the emotional roller coaster fans willingly place themselves on and proves that ultimately if you can keep the insanity in check, it is all worth it - win or lose.
Description : Chronicles the story of Jackie Robinson's first spring training during 1946, a time when America was struggling with racism and segregation, as well as with the impact of the Second World War, documenting the player's ordeal on and off the field, the reaction of the black and white communities, the influence of the press, and Robinson's own determination and anxieties.
Description : The struggle for status within sport is a microcosm of the struggle for rights, freedom and recognition within society. Injustices within sport often reflect larger injustices in society as a whole. In South Africa, for example, sport has been crucial in advancing the rights and liberty of oppressed groups. The geographical and chronological range of the essays in Ethnicity, Sport, Identity reveal the global role of sport in this advance. The collection examines cases of discrimination directed at individuals or groups, resulting in their exclusion from full participation in sport and their consequent struggle for inclusion. It shows how ethnic and national identity are sources of social cohesion and political assertion within sport, and it illustrates the manner in which sport has served to project ethnicity in various, often contradictory ways. It depicts sport as an agent of conservatism and radicalism, superiority and subordination, confidence and lack of confidence, and as a source of disenfranchisement and enfranchisement. That sport has been, and continues to be, a potent means of both ethnic restriction and release can no longer be ignored.
Description : Written in a personal, moving, and humorous style, The Last Days of Shea chronicles the New York Mets from October 2006, when the team lost the National League Championship Series, to October 2008, when the team began to dismantle its antiquated, inadequate, and dearly loved Shea Stadium. The book is about following a baseball team with one's heart, mind, and soul. It represents the experience of being in a crowd at a ballpark, following a pennant race, enduring an off season, experiencing streaks, slumps, triumph and heartbreak. All of this is represented against the imminent destruction of a stadium "that is not likely to be represented as well in the perfect and profitable little park that will replace it."
Description : On a steamy hot Sunday, the Reverend Herbert Redmond was celebrating Mass at a church in Brooklyn, when he startled his congregation thus: "It's far too hot for a sermon. Keep the Commandments and say a prayer for Gil Hodges." Praying for Gil Hodges is built around a detailed reconstruction of the seventh game of the 1955 World Series, which has always been on the short list of great moments in baseball history. On a sunny, breezy October afternoon, something happened in New York City that had never happened before and never would again: the Brooklyn Dodgers won the world championship of baseball. For one hour and forty-four minutes, behind a gutsy, twenty-three-year-old kid left-hander from the iron-mining region of upstate New York named Johnny Podres, everything that had gone wrong before went gloriously right for a change. Until that afternoon, leaving out the war years, the Dodgers and their legions of fans had endured ten seasons during which they lost the World Series to the New York Yankees five times and lost the National League pennant on the final day of the season three times--- facts of history that give the famous cry of "Wait Till Next Year!" its defiant meaning. Pitch by pitch and inning by inning, Thomas Oliphant re-creates a relentless melodrama that shows this final game in its true glory. As we move through the game, he builds a remarkable history of the hapless "Bums," exploring the Dodgers' status as a national team, based on their fabled history of near-triumphs and disasters that made them classic underdogs. He weaves into this brilliant recounting a winning memoir of his own family's story and their time together on that fateful day that the final game was played. This victory thrilled the national African-American community, still mired in the evils of segregation, who had erupted in joy at the arrival of Jackie Robinson eight years earlier and rooted unabashedly for this integrated team at a time when the country was thoroughly segregated. And it also thrilled a nine-year-old boy on the East Side of Manhattan in a loving, struggling family for whom the Dodgers were a rare source of the joys and symbols that bring families together through tough times. Every once in a while a book provides a certain view of America, and whether it is The Greatest Generation, Big Russ & Me, or Wait Till Next Year, these works strike a chord with readers everywhere. Praying for Gil Hodges is such a book. Written with power and clarity, this is a brilliant work capturing the majesty of baseball, the issue of race in America, and the love that one young boy, his parents, and the borough of Brooklyn had for their team.
Description : In this monumental multiple biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin studies Abraham Lincoln's mastery of men. She shows how he saved Civil War-torn America by appointing his fiercest rivals to key cabinet positions, making them help achieve his vision for peace. As well as a thrilling piece of narrative history, it's an inspiring study of one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen. A book to bury yourself in.