1954 (23 of 50)

Nathanael Yellis By Nathanael Yellis • Last Updated April 2, 2019

Baseball. Summer is about listening to, talking about, and sometimes watching our national pastime.

Reading baseball books works too. Sometimes it doesn't. This one is one of those times.

1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever by Bill Madden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought I'd like it. I'm a sucked for baseball books. But it was too much fact and not enough story. The book leaves the impression that the author is a baseball beat writer and his research for the book consisted of reading old baseball columns from the year and his writing of the book consisted of writing a super-long baseball column.

Notwithstanding that '54 was a hell of a year, this book didn't quite capture it for me.

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