When the Boys Came Back: Baseball and 1946

By Frederick Turner
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9.02 Hours 11/01/2008 unabridged
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In the aftermath of World War II, few events in the United States were as eagerly awaited as baseball’s spring training. But the national pastime was as unsettled as the rest of the country. Had some of the stars seen their careers ended by their service? How would wartime players fare against returning veterans? These questions would be answered as the dramatic season unfolded—a season that included Jackie Robinson’s signing by the Brooklyn Dodgers, a pennant race in the National League that ended in history’s first tie, challenges from a rival Mexican league, and a World Series culminated in the seventh game by Enos Slaughter’s legendary dash from first to home. Drawing on new interviews with many of the players who wrote the season’s history, Frederick Turner brings this historic chapter in American culture to life.

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Summary

Summary

In the aftermath of World War II, few events in the United States were as eagerly awaited as baseball’s spring training. But the national pastime was as unsettled as the rest of the country. Had some of the stars seen their careers ended by their service? How would wartime players fare against returning veterans?

These questions would be answered as the dramatic season unfolded—a season that included Jackie Robinson’s signing by the Brooklyn Dodgers, a pennant race in the National League that ended in history’s first tie, challenges from a rival Mexican league, and a World Series culminated in the seventh game by Enos Slaughter’s legendary dash from first to home. Drawing on new interviews with many of the players who wrote the season’s history, Frederick Turner brings this historic chapter in American culture to life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A richly detailed, very entertaining account of the reinvigoration of an American tradition.” Booklist
“Each player who went away to the service endured personal battles in returning to baseball, and this book puts those battles on record as never before. Every baseball historian, fan and player should read it.” Lou Brissie of the Philadelphia A’s
“Turner offers a rousing tale, a fit companion to Robert W. Creamer’s Baseball in ’41.” Library Journal
“Turner’s history of that epochal year not only relates the often-inspirational, on-field triumphs of the returnees but also looks at larger questions…the result is a richly detailed, very entertaining account of the reinvigoration of an American tradition.” Wes Lukowsky

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Author

Author Bio: Frederick Turner

Frederick Turner is the author of seven books of nonfiction, one novel, and extensive literary journalism. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 9.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English