Title: Good Enough to Dream
Author: Roger Kahn
Genre: Baseball, Sports, Memoir
Roger Kahn’s first major league hit, THE BOYS OF SUMMER, was his runaway bestseller that immortalized the 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers. Now Kahn does the same for players whose moment in the sun has not yet arrived.
GOOD ENOUGH TO DREAM is the story of Kahn’s year as owner of the Class A, very minor league, Utica Blue Sox. Most of the Blue Sox never made it to the majors, but they all shared the dream that links the small child in the sandlot with the superstar who has just smacked one out of the stadium. This is a look at baseball unadorned, a game still sweet enough to lure grown men to leagues where first-class transportation was an old school bus and the infield was likely to be the consistency of thick soup. It is a funny and poignant story of one season, and one special team, that will make us hesitate before we ever call anything “bush league” again.
Praise for Roger Kahn:
“As a kid, I loved sports first and writing second, and loved everything Roger Kahn wrote. As an adult, I love writing first and sports second, and love Roger Kahn even more.” —Pulitzer Prize winner, David Maraniss
“He can epitomize a player with a single swing of the pen.” —TIME magazine
“Roger Kahn is the best baseball writer in the business.” —Stephen Jay Gould, New York Review of Books
“Kahn has the almost unfair gift of easy, graceful writing.” —BOSTON HERALD
A book about the 1983 Blue Sox by Roger Kahn.
This is a wonderful book because it is not about a team you intrinsically know. This is not the story of the ‘55 Dodgers or the ‘61 Yankees or the ‘75 Reds or the ‘77 Yankees or the ‘87 Twins or ‘91 Twins or ‘92 Blue Jays or ‘93 Blue Jays.
This is a story about a bunch of young guys who play baseball because they have the chance to be paid for the privilege. It is a chronological tale that covers the season that has fun, sadness, excitement, turmoil and simply life and baseball.
A fantastic read for every baseball fan and for everyone who might like baseball. A treasured part of my baseball book library that I have owned for decades.
Disclaimer: I bought the hardcover when it was first released in 1985.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Roger Kahn, a prize-winning author, grew up in Brooklyn, where he says everybody on the boys’ varsity baseball team at his prep school wanted to play for the Dodgers. None did. He has written nineteen books. Like most natives of Brooklyn, he is distressed that the Dodgers left. “In a perfect world,” he says, “the Dodgers would have stayed in Brooklyn and Los Angeles would have gotten the Mets.”
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Reviewed by: Mr. N