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

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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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"Weintraub is a big-league storyteller .... He loads the bases with the kind of entertaining anecdotes, minutiae, and quotes that separate baseball-and baseball writing-from other sports." -- USA Today

In the spring of 1946, Americans were ready to heal. The war was finally over, and as America's fathers and brothers were coming home so too were baseball'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. 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 Jackie Robinson's first year playing in the Brooklyn Dodgers' system.

THE VICTORY SEASON thrillingly recounts these years of baseball and war, including the little-known "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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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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Garylovestoread, April 15, 2013 (view all comments by Garylovestoread)
A great story. Withe the end of World War 2, thousands of GIs came back to the U.S. to try and get their lives on track once again. Among them were some of baseball's greatest players. Williams, Dimaggio, Feller, Slaughter. Try to reacclimate themselves into society, they not only had to readjust to a different landscape from before they left, but also trying to win their jobs back in baseball. Imagine today's game where a roster is basically set and a few lesser known players are invited to camp. In 1946, hundreds of ball players were looking for work. Camps may have had 25 lefties alone trying to make a staff. Add to this the dawning of integrated baseball and what people knew and saw before the war would never be the same. But the season was played and it was what the American people needed. The National Pastime in all its glory. Robert Weintraub does a great job bringing to life that magical season in an easy to read and enjoy style. I recommend this book to those who love sports, history, and those who may just want to see what life was like in a different era
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ISBN:
9780316205917
Author:
Weintraub, Robert
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Subject:
Baseball - History
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Grand slam." -- Mark Hodermarsky, <em>Cleveland Pl
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.75 x 6.5 x 1.5 in 1.6 lb

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"Synopsis" by , "Weintraub is a big-league storyteller .... He loads the bases with the kind of entertaining anecdotes, minutiae, and quotes that separate baseball-and baseball writing-from other sports." -- USA Today

In the spring of 1946, Americans were ready to heal. The war was finally over, and as America's fathers and brothers were coming home so too were baseball'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. 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 Jackie Robinson's first year playing in the Brooklyn Dodgers' system.

THE VICTORY SEASON thrillingly recounts these years of baseball and war, including the little-known "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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