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Some nice anecdotes, but ultimately disappointing 14 mars 2001
Par Richard DiStefano - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Red Barber somehow managed to turn one of the most interesting topics in baseball history - the pivitol 1947 season in which Jackie Robinson ended racial segregation in baseball - into a rather bland book. There are some good anecdotes, especially when Barber shares some inside stories about his experiences as a broadcaster. But when it comes to describing Robinson's experiences in 1947, Barber simply quotes lengthy passages from Robinson's autobiography, "I Never Had It Made." He does the same with Leo Durocher's "Nice Guys Finish Last." In fact, the best way to appreciate and understand the events of 1947 and the personalities involved, it would be better to read Robinson and Durocher's books and ignore Barber's.
The book is poorly written. Sentence fragments. Lots of them. For purposes of emphasis. Doesn't work. Sometimes Barber's rambling gets infuriating. At one point he mentions in passing a controversial decision the Commissioner of Baseball made regarding Cleveland pitcher Bob Feller. I knew nothing at all about this Bob Feller controversy, and my curiousity was piqued. Barber just kept rambling along, though, and Bob Feller was never mentioned again. There were many such instances where the text would have been improved by just a few sentences of background information. This book could really have been much better with a good editor.
If you have a strong interest in baseball history, particulary the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers or the New York Yankees, or in the teams' executives, Branch Rickey or Larry MacPhail, then this book is worth a read. You may learn one or two things that you didn't already know. When you start reading, though, keep your expectations low. You'll be less likely to be disappointed.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
An enjoyable, but slightly flawed recap of a wild season. 7 novembre 1998
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I think any baseball fan will. Having said that, the book has one slight problem that keeps it from being great. Red rambles occasionly, going off on tangents and later repeating himself, discussing the same event he wrote about several pages earlier. On the much larger up side; the book does more than just chronicle the 1947 baseball season. It is also an interesting biography of Branch Rickey, Larry MacPhail, and Jackie Robinson. Weaving their stories plus historical background of the Dodgers, Yankees, Cardinals and the authors own experiences as an early brodcaster far outweigh any problems in writing style. He also redeems himself in his decsription of the 1947 World Series; as dramatic a reading of baseball events as you could want. Overall---Very Good-just short of Great.
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A fascinating look at a seminal baseball season. 3 avril 1999
Par Richard Jones - Publié sur
Format: Broché
The late Red Barber captures both the glory and intrigue of the 1947 baseball season. He recounts in a breezy upbeat style the secret battle between Branch Rickey of the Dodgers and his protege Lee McPhail of the Yankees. He brings the notable characters of the season - Jackie Robinson, Barney Shotton, Joe DiMaggio etc. to life and ends the book with a wonderful retelling of the 1947 Dodger-Yankee World Series.
This book is much better than the average baseball book and well worth the money.
Excellent if you want more of Rickey-MacPhail than Robinson 26 mai 2014
Par Robert A. Byrne - Publié sur
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Red Barber is a Hall of Fame baseball announcer who was broadcasting for the Brooklyn Dodgers during Jackie Robinson's rookie year. From reading the cover and the dust jacket, you would think that 1947 - When All Hell Broke Loose in Baseball was about Robinson. But it's actually not.

To be sure, there's much about the man who broke baseball's color barrier. But this book is really about the relationship between Branch Rickey, General Manager of the Dodgers and Larry MacPhail, part owner and essentially GM of the Yankees; and their teams, which squared off in the World Series.

The two men had a long history; first as friends, and by the end of 1947, as enemies. Rickey and MacPhail were great baseball men who had dramatic, lasting impacts on the game. For example, Rickey invented the minor league farm system, while MacPhail created night baseball. This book, in looking at the 1947 pennant races, tells their story.

Any Dodgers or Yankees fan interested in the 1947 editions of their teams will enjoy this book. And of course, followers of Jackie Robinson will be interested in hearing from the man who broadcast Dodgers games that year.

At least as early as 1943, Branch Rickey began preparing the way for adding a black man to the Dodgers roster. A committee, headed by Larry MacPhail, was appointed by Major League Baseball to look into the issue of signing Negro players to contracts. The group voted 15-1 against the idea. Branch Rickey, the lone dissenter, stormed out and knew that he would be going it alone. MacPhail reportedly was angry with his former mentor for defying the group.

Days before the first game of 1947, Commissioner Happy Chandler suspended Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher for the season. Not only was it a blow to the Dodgers, who had finished two games behind the Cardinals in 1946, it was also a monkey wrench in Rickey's plans for integrating baseball. For he was ready to install Jackie Robinson at first base for the Dodgers and he knew that the fiery Durocher would battle on Jackie's behalf. And Larry MacPhail played a huge part in Leo's suspension.

Barber takes us through that historic season, with Rickey and MacPhail usually at the center of the action. And they remain there to the last few pages. Barber also provides a look at the world of radio broadcasting in those days before television dominated the airwaves. In our modern era of ESPN highlights and digital channels, it's like the Stone Age.

I find 1947 to be one of the most fascinating seasons in baseball history and this is a good accounting of it. However if you want a more Robinson-centric look, this isn't your best bet.
Not what I expected 1 février 2013
Par Magyar - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The reviews that I have read have pretty much captured my sentiments, but I will write a review anyhow.
I went to a Sports Book Store in a VA suburb of DC, in the mid 80s. I went to buy a book on the Pittsburgh Crawfords. I noticed "1947" and almost bought it instead. Boy, did I make a good decision.
I read quite a few pages before the author stated that he did not travel with the team. Apparently Brooklyn was like Pittsburgh, they did replays of away games recreated from Western Union tapes. Thus Red Barber would not been a witness to all of the abuse that Jackie took, in 1947. The only harassing incident that I was not familiar with, descrbed in "1947" was Joe Garagiola's spiking of Jackie. I wonder what Joe Garagiola had to say about that incident. Also Barber is obsessed with attendance figures, which mean nothing , because I don't know the capacity of the various parks. From the amount of pages spent on the World Series of that year, I would have to think that in Red's opinion that the Baseball World Series of 1947 was the year's momentous event. WRONG! Baseball's integration by Jackie Robinson was the most significant sport's event of all of the 40s.
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