October 1964

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"October 1964 should be a hit with old-time baseball fans, who'll relish the opportunity to relive that year's to-die-for World Series, when the dynastic but aging New York Yankees squared off against the upstart St. Louis Cardinals. It should be a hit with younger students of the game, who'll eat up the vivid portrayals of legends like Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris of the Yankees and Bob Gibson and Lou Brock of the Cardinals. Most of all, however, David Halberstam's new book should be a hit with anyone interested in understanding the important interplay between sports and society."
--The Boston Globe
"Compelling...1964 is a chronicle of the end of a great dynasty and of a game, like the country, on the cusp of enormous change."
--Newsweek
"Halberstam's latest gives us the feeling of actually being there--in another time, in the locker rooms and in the minds of baseball legends. His time and effort researching the book result in a fluency with his topic and a fluidity of writing that make the reading almost effortless....Absorbing."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Wonderful...Memorable...Halberstam describes the final game of the 1964 series accurately and so dramatically, I almost thought I had forgotten the ending."
--The Washington Post Book World
"Superb reporting...Incisive analysis...You know from the start that Halberstam is going to focus on a large human canvas...One of the many joys of this book is the humanity with which Halberstam explores the characters as well as the talents of the players, coaches and managers. These are not demigods of summer but flawed, believable human beings who on occasion can rise to peaks of heroism."
--Chicago Sun-Times

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Heroes have a habit of growing larger over time, as do the arenas in which they excelled. The 1964 World Series between the Yankees and Cardinals was coated in myth from the get-go. The Yankees represented the establishment: white, powerful, and seemingly invincible. The victorious Cards, on the other hand, were baseball's rebellious future: angry and defiant, black, and challenging. Their seven-game barnburner, played out against a backdrop of an America emerging from the Kennedy assassination, escalating the war in Vietnam, and struggling with civil rights, marked a turning point--neither the nation, nor baseball, would ever be quite so innocent again. Halberstam, one of the great reporters of the '60s, looks back in this marvelous and spirited elegy to the era, the game, and players such as Mantle, Maris, Ford, Gibson, Brock, and Flood with a clear eye in search of the truth that time has blurred into legend. His confident prose, diligent reporting, and deft analysis make it clear how much more interesting--and forceful--the truth can be.

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The riveting story of how two very different baseball teams, reflective of the times in America, got to the 1964 World Series. Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Halberstam (The Fifties, 1993, etc.) looks at America's baseball diamonds in this volume, a bookend to his earlier Summer of '49 (1989). Halberstam's premise is that vast changes had occurred in American society in the 15 years that divided those two baseball seasons, and the teams that played in the 1964 World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees, reflected opposing currents in a deeply conflicted American society. For the Yankees, it was the last hurrah of their near-total baseball dominance that began in 1949; Halberstam contends that they were emblematic of the era coming to an end. With fading superstars such as Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Whitey Ford, the Yankees stood for the established order, both symbolically, in the minds of baseball fans, and in reality, in their dependence on power over speed and in management's reluctance to sign black players. The Cardinals, by contrast, were one of the best-integrated teams in baseball. They depended on strategy and speed, and highly intelligent stars like Bob Gibson, Louis Brock, Tim McCarver, and Curt Flood represented a new breed of ballplayer. Halberstam weaves the life stories of dozens of players, managers, coaches, scouts, and team owners into this deceptively simple but extremely revealing chronicle. If Halberstam is to be faulted, it is in his underlying assumption that pure love of baseball transcends all evils: apart from a few crusty and anachronistic old managers, none of the villains in this book get any closer to the playing field than the owner's or the press box. A powerful and entertaining examination of the forces transforming baseball, and the country, in a pivotal period in the history of America and its national pastime. (First serial to Parade; Book-of-the-Month Club main selection) -- Copyright 1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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