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April 24, 1998
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Epic Season

The 1948 American League Pennant Race

This book recounts the story of one of the most memorable seasons in the history of major league baseball. Drawing on interviews with surviving participants as well as daily newspaper accounts, David Kaiser re-creates the drama of the 1948 American League pennant race and places it within a broader historical context.

Unfolding at a time when baseball truly was America's "national pastime," the '48 season saw three teams vie for a championship that always seemed within reach but was never assured. In Cleveland, under the guidance of maverick owner Bill Veeck and charismatic player-manager Lou Boudreau, the Indians set new attendance records with a team that included the first black player in the American League, Larry Doby, and perhaps the most famous pitcher never to have appeared in a major league game, Satchel Paige. In Boston, Ted Williams enhanced his already fabled reputation with another extraordinary season, leading a Red Sox team that new manager Joe McCarthy had reshaped during the off-season. In New York, the defending champion Yankees struggled to repeat behind a crippled Joe DiMaggio, whose clutch hitting down the stretch enthralled baseball fans everywhere.

About the Author

David Kaiser is professor of history at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He is author of Politics and War: European Conflict from Phillip II to Hitler and Economic Diplomacy and the Origins of the Second World War and coauthor of Postmortem: New Evidence in the Case of Sacco and Vanzetti.


"This is an important work about baseball . . . and it belongs in the library of any serious fan."—Sports Illustrated

"The American League pennant race of 1948 was one of the most exciting in history, and David Kaiser's book does it full justice. This is a thoughtful, well-written, and beautifully researched book, one which is full of sharp insights about the game and how it was played a half century ago."—Don Zminda, STATS, Inc.

"A day-by-day history of the 1948 American League season . . . enlivened by Kaiser's provocative and astute analysis."—Library Journal
University of Massachusetts Press

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320 Pages
$25.95 USD

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