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The Victory Season

The Victory Season

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

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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Genre: Nonfiction / Sports & Recreation / Baseball / History

On Sale: April 2nd 2013

Price: $7.99 / $9.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 464

ISBN-13: 9780316205900

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Reader Reviews


Praise for The House that Ruth Built:

A fascinating tale of one of baseball's greatest moments. The research is meticulous and the writing is delightful. You're in for a rollicking good ride.—Johnathan Eig, author Luckiest Man and Opening Day
The whole baseball year of 1923 is the frame for Weintraub's elegantly constructed narrative...There is no nickname ever used for a player that Weintraub overlooks nor any colorful phrase now common in baseball that he doesn't cite...a treasure for the fan who cannot get enough.—Booklist
Weintraub enlivens his book with a cast of remarkable characters, starting with the Babe himself...a book about New York baseball in the 1920s, a sporting scene ripe with fascinating possibilities that Mr. Weintraub mines thoroughly for his spirited book.—Bob Hoover, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Just when you thought there were no great seasons left uncovered -- or anything new left to say about Babe Ruth -- here comes The House that Ruth Built. Robert Weintraub has resurrected the 1923 season and showed us how it changed baseball that season and every season that has followed it. A perfect match of the team, the year, and the writer.—Allen Barra, author of Yogi Berra and The Last Coach
Robert Weintrub beautifully details the building of the iconic park and the World Series in which Ruth became a legend.—Dick Kreck, Denver Post
Compelling and entertaining history of the 1923 season—Jody Seaborn, Austin American-Statesman
Weintraub is a very lively writer: he makes it all fresh and newly intriguing, adding in a whiff of Damon Runyon's saltiness and introducing readers to some of the idioms of the era. Bracing and fun for all baseball buffs, whether or not fans of today's Bombers.
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Robert Weintraub [is] a leading American sports columnist—The Economist
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