The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age

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Little, Brown, Apr 2, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 464 pages
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The triumphant story of baseball and America after World War II

In 1945 Major League Baseball had become a ghost of itself. Parks were half empty, the balls were made with fake rubber, and mediocre replacements roamed the fields, as hundreds of players, including the game's biggest stars, were serving abroad, devoted to unconditional Allied victory in World War II.

But by the spring of 1946, the country was ready to heal. The war was finally over, and as America's fathers and brothers were coming home, so too were the sport's greats. Ted Williams, Stan Musial, and Joe DiMaggio returned with bats blazing, making the season a true classic that ended in a thrilling seven-game World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. America also witnessed the beginning of a new era in baseball-it was a year of attendance records, the first year Yankee Stadium held night games, the last year the Green Monster wasn't green, and, most significant, Jackie Robinson's first year playing in the Brooklyn Dodgers' system.

The Victory Season brings to vivid life these years of baseball and war, including the littleknown "World Series" that servicemen played in a captured Hitler Youth stadium in the fall of 1945. Robert Weintraub's extensive research and vibrant storytelling enliven the legendary season that embodies what we now think of as the game's golden era.

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User Review  - muddyboy - LibraryThing

This book attempts to do three things. First it tells the story of many major league baseball players during WW 2 and their reintegration into the league the year after it is over. Second, it tell the ... Read full review

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User Review  - dougbq - LibraryThing

If you are a fan of baseball history, this book is for you. Robert Weintraub weaves real life in with what was happening in the Major Leagues in 1946. We see Jackie Robinson start his career in "White ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Robert Weintraub is the author of The House That Ruth Built and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times sports pages. He is a sports columnist for Slate, and his writing has also aired on ESPN, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, and dozens of other outlets. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.

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