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by Roger Angell

eBook The Summer Game epub
  • ISBN: 0670681644
  • Author: Roger Angell
  • Genre: Sports
  • Subcategory: Baseball
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (May 16, 1972)
  • Pages: 303 pages
  • ePUB size: 1620 kb
  • FB2 size 1537 kb
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Acclaimed New Yorker writer Roger Angell’s first book on baseball, The Summer Game, originally published in 1972, is a stunning collection of his essays on the major leagues, covering a span of ten seasons.

Acclaimed New Yorker writer Roger Angell’s first book on baseball, The Summer Game, originally published in 1972, is a stunning collection of his essays on the major leagues, covering a span of ten seasons. Angell brilliantly captures the nation’s most beloved sport through the 1960s, spanning both the winning teams and the horrendous losers, and including famed players Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Willie Mays, and more.

The Summer Game, originally published in 1972, is a stunning collection of Angell’s essays on the major . In Five Seasons, New Yorker sportswriter Roger Angell calls 1972 to 1976 the most important half-decade in the history of the game.

The Summer Game, originally published in 1972, is a stunning collection of Angell’s essays on the major leagues, covering a span of ten seasons.

Do they like us, he wonders. As he works the count to three and two on Tom Tresh, it may suddenly occur to this well-paid insomniac that baseball itself has the most enviable corporate image in the world.

The Summer Game, Roger Angell’s first book on the sport, changed baseball writing forever. Thoughtful, funny, appreciative of the elegance of the game and the passions invested by players and fans, it goes beyond the usual sports reporter’s beat to ex. Season Ticket. Angell's absorbing collection traces the highs and lows of major-league baseball in the 1980s Roger Angell once again journeys through five seasons of America's national pastime-chronicling the larger-than-life narratives and on-field intricacies of base.

Roger Angell’s most popular book is The Elements of Style. The Roger Angell Baseball Collection: The Summer Game, Five Seasons, and Season Ticket by. Roger Angell. With the panache of a seasoned sportswriter and the energy of an avid baseball fan, Angell’s sports journalism is an insightful and compelling.

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A classic collection of early sportswriting by renowned reporter Roger Angell Acclaimed New Yorker writer Roger Angell’s first book on baseball, The Summer Game, originally published in 1972, is a stunning collection of his essays on the major leagues, covering a span of ten seasons.

The Summer Game, Roger Angell’s first book on the sport, changed baseball writing forever. Thoughtful, funny, appreciative of the elegance of the game and the passions invested by players and fans, it goes beyond the usual sports reporter’s beat to examine baseball’s complex place in our American psyche.

Between the miseries of the 1962 expansion Mets and a classic 1971 World Series between the Pirates and the Orioles, Angell finds baseball in the 1960s as a game in transition—marked by league expansion, uprooted franchises, the growing hegemony of television, the dominance of pitchers, uneasy relations between players and owners, and mounting competition from other sports for the fans’ dollars.

Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski, Tom Seaver, Jim Palmer, and Casey Stengel are seen here with fresh clarity and pleasure. Here is California baseball in full flower, the once-mighty Yankees in collapse, baseball in French (in Montreal), indoor baseball (at the Astrodome), and sweet spring baseball (in Florida)—as Angell observes, “Always, it seems, there is something more to be discovered about this game.”

Comments: (7)
Jothris
Roger Angell can paint images with his prose. This collection of essays is an ode to the game he loves. It is filled with insights into the game and the emotions it generates in us and instills itself in generations of families. There are so many wonderful metaphors-too many to mention but I'll pick a few. In describing a slowly emerging 64 Mets team, "Stengel has called on Jerry Hinsley and two other rookie pitchers Bill Wakefield and Ron Locke for spot duty. They have responded with eager gallantry-often of the kind once displayed by Eton sixth-formers taking to the air against Baron von Richthofen."
And while watching the 65 World Series after the Twins went up 2-0, he made this observation: "The fans around me were all laughing and hooting,'it's all over now'. I hope he meant the game and not the series. After I had visited the clubhouse and heard sandy Koufax's precise, unapologetic, and totally unruffled analysis of the game, I came away with the curious impression that the Twins with two straight victories, were only slightly behind in the series."
And this about my personal baseball idol Willie Mays during a Giant/Dodger division race, "Watching him this year(1971) seeing him drift across a base and then sink into full speed, I noticed all at once how much he resembles a skier in mid turn down some deep pitch of fast powder. NOBODY like him."
And then there is the last chapter especially the last page which brought me to chills. Read that chapter and the last page and you will understand Angell's love affair with this game above any other.
Kalv
A classic, and one of the best baseball books ever written. Every season from the 1960s is covered in an outstanding essay by author Roger Angell. Angell introduces us to players, teams, and some of the on-field strategy that the casual fan never thinks about. He takes you behind the scenes in some cases, but not in a tabloid sort of way. This is about the game as it was played on the field. Angell observes the hapless New York Mets during their infamous 120-loss season (1962), for example. St. Louis catcher Tim McCarver, now a TV analyst, gives Angell (and the reader) insights into his position as it's played on the major league level -- things fans never consider. This was the decade of Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Roberto Clemente, the aging Mickey Mantle and the young Tom Seaver. In short, a wonderful, informative look at the game. One of my favorite books on baseball's colorful history, right alongside Lawrence Ritter's The Glory of Their Times.
Erienan
I loved Angell's comparisons of action on and off the field with other images which are so a propos but very original thoughts. I give this book the highest possible 4-star rating only because I gave 5 to a very few others which moved me slightly more. I am speaking of The Glory of Their Times, Crazy '08, and Boys of Summer.This book is in this same very major league.
Binthars
When I first read this book more than 25 years ago, it changed my whole view of baseball. A second reading has confirmed that Mr. Angell's gifted writing is a pleasure to read. The stories of the players of my youth are as good as anything I've read. Highly recommended for baseball fans.
sunrise bird
Such a fantastic book. It’s so well written that it keeps you engaged the entire way through. I read this on vacation at the beach and was slightly annoyed every time I was forced to pause from it. Great book and I look forward to buying Angell’s Other baseball books!
Gna
The best book ever written about big league baseball in the 50's, 60's and 70's. (my era)
Malodor
Pure chance -- and luck -- brought me to Roger Angell's books. I was shopping for baseball titles as gifts, and clicked on Summer Game in the . First, I am a literature student, who loves good writing. Second, I am a huge baseball fan. Third, I'm a girl. On the basis of previous reviews, I purchased Summer Game and Five Seasons, for me AND for my step-father. From the very first page I was blown away. Angell's vocabulary is tremendous; his use of metaphor phenomenal. Baseball really is poetry. I've had several eyebrows raised in my direction on the train as I laugh out loud at his descriptions of players, fans, owners, botched plays, you name it. Nothing and nobody escapes his notice. A bonus for me is suspense: most of these essays pre-date my arrival on the planet by a good 5 years, so I'm too young to know the outcome of a particular World Series or playoff round. Within 2 days, I'd ordered the rest of Angell's baseball books on amazon. They will join the complete works section of my collection, which includes Shakespeare and Jane Austen -- to name a few! Don't hesitate to buy these books for yourself, or for a friend. You'll heartily enjoy them!
Considered a classic and justifiably so, this book is the result of a truly great writer examining the best sport. Like "Ball Four," it's something to be re-read and enjoyed every few years.
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