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Good Enough to Dream

Kahn, Roger

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ISBN 10: 0385189125 / ISBN 13: 9780385189125
Published by Doubleday & Company, Inc, Garden City, NY, 1985
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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[6], 351, [3] pages. Front DJ flap crease. DJ somewhat soiled/worn with small edge tears/chips. Inscribed by the author. Roger Kahn (born October 31, 1927) is an American author, best known for his 1972 baseball book The Boys of Summer. Kahn began his newspaper career in 1948 for the New York Herald Tribune. A keen Dodgers fan, he reported on their games over the 1952 and 1953 seasons. He became sports editor for Newsweek in 1956, and editor-at-large of the Saturday Evening Post in 1963. His best-known book, The Boys of Summer, was published in 1972. In 2002, a Sports Illustrated panel placed The Boys of Summer second on a list of "The Top 100 Sports Books of All Time". In addition to The Boys of Summer, Kahn wrote books such as Good Enough to Dream, a chronicle of his year as the owner of a minor league baseball franchise; and Memories of Summer, a look back at his youth and early career. Kahn's 2006 book Into My Own is a memoir describing friendships with Robert Frost, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Eugene McCarthy. Andrew Ervin wrote in The Washington Post that the book "proves that Kahn's not only a great baseball writer but also something rarer: a great writer whose subject happens to be baseball." Kahn cites as his journalism influences, Stanley Woodward, John Lardner, and Red Smith. He has won the E. P. Dutton Award for best sports magazine article of the year five times, and tied for first once. The author was the owner and president of the Class A, minor league Utica Blue Sox. Roger Kahn's first major league hit was a grand slam: The Boys of Summer, his runaway bestseller that immortalized the 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers. Now Kahn does the same for players whose moment in the sun has not yet arrived. Good Enough to Dream is the story of his year as owner of the Class A, very minor league Utica Blue Sox. Most of the Blue Sox will never make it to the majors, but they all share the dream that links the small child in the sandlot with the bonus baby who has just smacked one out of the stadium. It's a dream Kahn learned from his father and, in the course of a season, passes on to his daughter-hours of practice for a moment of poetry; a hard living but a touch of legend. Good Enough to Dream presents baseball unadorned, a game still sweet enough to lure grown men to leagues where first-class transportation is an old school bus and the infield is likely to be the consistency of thick soup. It is a funny and poignant story of one season and one special team that will make us hesitate before we ever call anything "bush league" again. Bookseller Inventory # 53038

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Title: Good Enough to Dream

Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc, Garden City, NY

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fair

Edition: First Edition [stated].

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The author recounts his first season, in 1983, as president of the Utica Blue Sox, a single A baseball team in the New York-Penn League

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