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Finalist for the 2017 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
From an award-winning journalist comes the riveting odyssey ofÂ seven Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1960sâa chronicle of a team, a game, and a nation in transition during one of the most exciting and unsettled decades in history.
Legendary Dodgers Maury Wills, Sandy Koufax, Wes Parker, Jeff Torborg, Dick Tracewski, and Tommy Davis encapsulated 1960s America: white and black, Jewish and Christian, wealthy and working class, pro-Vietnam and anti-war, golden boy and seasoned veteran. The Last Innocents is a thoughtful, technicolor portrait of these seven playersâfriends, mentors, confidants, rivals, and alliesâand their storied team that offers an intriguing look at a sport and a nation in transition. Bringing into focus the high drama of their World Series appearances from 1962 to 1972 and their pivotal games, Michael Leahy explores these menâs interpersonal relationships and illuminates the triumphs, agonies, and challenges each faced individually.
Leahy places these menâs lives within the political and social maelstrom that was the era when the conformity of the 1950s gave way to demands for equality and rights. Increasingly frustrated over a lack of real bargaining power and an oppressive management who meddled in their personal affairs, the players shared an uneasy relationship with the teamâs front office. This contention mirrored the discord and uncertainty generated by myriad changes rocking the nation: the civil rights movement, political assassinations, and growing hostility to the escalation of the Vietnam War. While the nation around them changed, these players each experienced a personal and professional metamorphosis that would alter public perceptions and their own.
Comprehensive and artfully crafted, The Last Innocents is an evocative and riveting portrait of a pivotal era in baseball and modern America.
About: Winner of the 2016 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the YearFinalist for the 2017 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports WritingFrom an award-winning journalist comes the riveting odyssey of seven Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1960s—a chronicle of a team, a game, and a nation in transition during one of the most exciting and unsettled decades in history.
About: Finalist for the 2017 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports WritingFrom an award-winning journalist comes the riveting odyssey ofÂ seven Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1960sâa chronicle of a team, a game, and a nation in transition during one of the most exciting and unsettled decades in history.
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