1954 -- a Baseball Season

by James Kreis



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/6/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 672
ISBN : 9781452018560
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 672
ISBN : 9781452018577
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 672
ISBN : 9781452018584

About the Book

This book will appeal to life-long baserball fans, particularly those who have followed the game for many years--specifically males over the age of 60, perhaps even age 50, too. Younger followers of athletic contests may also likely have an interest, given the revitalized impact to the sport currently--yearly Major League attendance numbers reflect over 73 Million paying customers in 2009. Cable network coverage proliferates--ESPN and MLB to name just two--continuously streaming the latest information and highlights 24 hours daily to a vast majority of USand international households. Americans are now living longer on average than they did during the time of this book, there currently existing an ever increasing focus on nostalgia-- perhaps due to a wistful longing for certain things and events from the past--when society seemed to be far less complex and simpler pleasures abounded. E-Bay and the numerous flea markets scattered throughout our nation readily attest to this phenomenon. Like any good history book, this work attempts to create a perspective of the circumstances and participants who influenced the relative events of 50 odd years ago. These events helped shape the evolution of the modern game today, a game now more widely driven by economics and media hype.

About the Author

The author was born during World War II, raised in central Pennsylvania--primarily the Hershey area. After marriage and living in New York and New Jersey, he returned to Pennsylvania and now resides in a suburb of Philadelphia for the last 25+ years. He has always been a a devout sports fan, having attended his first ML game in 1949, religiouslyfollowing all manner of sport during the 50's, 60's and 70's. This has also included reading many, related books and publications during this period as well as up to the current time. In particular, the author subscribed to the "Bible of Baseball"--the Sporting News--during the early 1950's that was the definitive work of the national pastime then. He literally read each of these weekly publications from cover-to-cover, the primary infomationall source that forms the basis of what appears in these pages. Many of his friends and associates would quickly acknowlege he has a special talent and outlook for the issues, participants and history of professional baseball at that time. He also has the advantage and perspective of having lived during the events chronicled in this book and having much familiarity with the names and events who helped create this unique time in sports history. In truth, there are perhaps few individuals with the same devotion and knowledge capable of developing this work.