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The Victory Season [PDF / Epub] ☄ The Victory Season ✓ Robert Weintraub – The triumphant story of baseball and America after World War II In 1945 Major League Baseball had become a ghost of itself Parks were half empty the balls were made with fake rubber and mediocre repla The triumphant story of baseball and America after World War II In Major League Baseball had become a ghost of itself Parks were half empty the balls were made with fake rubber and mediocre replacements roamed the fields as hundreds of The Victory PDF/EPUB ² players including the game's biggest stars were serving abroad devoted to unconditional Allied victory in World War II But by the spring of the country was ready to heal The war was finally over and as America's fathers and brothers were coming home so too were the sport's greats Ted Williams Stan Musial and Joe DiMaggio returned with bats blazing making the season a true classic that ended in a thrilling seven game World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St Louis Cardinals America also witnessed the beginning of a new era in baseball it was a year of attendance records the first year Yankee Stadium held night games the last year the Green Monster wasn't green and most significant Jackie Robinson's first year playing in the Brooklyn Dodgers' system The Victory Season brings to vivid life these years of baseball and war including the littleknown World Series that servicemen played in a captured Hitler Youth stadium in the fall of Robert Weintraub's extensive research and vibrant storytelling enliven the legendary season that embodies what we now think of as the game's golden era.

10 thoughts on “The Victory Season

  1. Steven Z. Steven Z. says:

    The year 1946 was a watershed in Post World War II America It is the year that Robert Weintraub points out in his book VICTORY SEASON THE END OF WORLD WAR II AND THE BIRTH OF BASEBALL’S GOLDEN AGE that the United States had to reinvent itself from a collectivist society that was geared toward winning the war to one that could reabsorb millions of servicemen and women at a time when the country was unprepared to receive them 1946 witnessed severe labor disruption spiraling prices wages that did not keep up with prices and shortages of many goods and services As domestic trauma seemed to increase each day people began to grow concerned about our former ally the Soviet Union Many feared a return to prewar depression and a new president who seemed unprepared for the office As baseball returned to the national consciousness at spring training sites Winston Churchill gave his “Iron Curtain” speech in Fulton Missouri and at the State Department George Kennan called for the “containment” of the Soviet Union in his “Long Telegram”When the government removed price controls prices rose on average about 18% but wages lagged far behind resulting in a flurry of strikes nationwide Steel workers miners railroad workers all took to the picket lines almost bringing the nation to a halt The result was higher wages something that baseball players returning from the war had difficulty achieving Baseball was exempt from anti trust legislation and through the “reserve clause” in contracts players were the property of the owners in a sense a form of “indentured servitude” 1946 represented the first time that teams were not missing players serving in the military and it was hoped by the players and their owners that their skills had not eroded during the warWhen I first picked up VICTORY SEASON I hoped that it would explain in detail how baseball served as a catalyst for returning a sense of normalcy to American life Weintraub does make the attempt but does not really develop this theme enough The author does a magnificent job discussing some of baseballs endearing and not so endearing characters Focusing on the alcoholic owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers and later the New York Yankees Lee MacPhail we learn how he laid the foundation for Dodgers success in the 1940s and 50s and then helped build the Yankees into the powerhouse that dominated baseball from 1949 1963 Branch Rickey is portrayed as a genius who knew how to evaluate talent and took over the Dodgers from MacPhail He is also remembered as the person responsible for breaking the color barrier by recruiting Jackie Robinson a strategy that Weintraub writes was motivated for money that achieving racial euality We meet Leo Durocher the ornery manager of the Dodgers whose life was intertwined with numerous show business types Bill Veeck the owner of the Cleveland Indians who brought many innovations to the game Red Barber a southerner who brought his gentlemanly ways to the broadcast of Dodger games Jorge Pasuel a Mexican millionaire created a scare among major league owners when he tried to lure major league ballplayers for his “La Liga” teams in different Mexican cities Lastly Robert Murphy a Boston lawyer and member of the National Labor Relations Board who tried to organize players to stand up to the owners Though he would fail he laid the ground work for Marvin Miller to organize the players and get the “reserve clause” struck down creating free agencyWeintraub also integrates the experiences of many players who fought in World War II and how it affected their later careers Among them are Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn who would survive the Battle of the Bulge and earn a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star; and Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller who would see a significant amount of combat in the Pacific that greatly altered his view of life Of all the players who fought in the war only two were killed; Elmer Gedeon who played briefly for the Washington Senators was shot down over France as his plane tried to destroy one of Hitler’s V1 rocket sites; and Harry Mink O’Neill a Marine who played for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s and was killed on Iwo JimaWeintraub concentrates a great deal on the 1946 pennant races and World Series by focusing on Ted the “splendid splinter” Williams and the Boston Red Sox and Stan “the man” Musial and the St Louis Cardinals along with their amazing fan bases During his narrative all the major characters involved in the pennant race are explored with wonderful anecdotes and details that will make any fan of baseball history ecstatic The DiMaggio brothers Bobby Doerr Harry the Hat Walker Pete Reiser Jackie Robinson Enos Slaughter are among the many stars of the game that Weintraub introduces and the reader gets to know Much of what Weintraub explores is based on his vast research and interviews with the few survivors of the 1946 season their families and newspaper reporters who knew themIt appears Weintraub is straddling the line of writing historical narrative at the same time as presenting an interesting sports book He does an effective job integrating important aspects of the 1946 baseball season with the socioeconomic and political history of the period Weintraub explores the transportation industry particularly the early use of airplanes by teams railroad strikes that hindered teams from reaching their destinations the segregation of society depriving black ballplayers the same amenities that white players enjoyed the postwar housing shortage limited where all players could live and many other examples When Weintraub focuses on this component of the story it is fascinating however when he switches to the statistical component of baseball he seems to lose some of his effectiveness An area that is both interesting and effective is when Weintraub introduces certain historical details and relates them to what is occurring on the diamond A number stand out ie; aspects of the Nuremberg trials taking place in Germany how a young guard smuggled a poisonous pill to Hermann Goering to facilitate his suicide as well as describing how a truck strike in Boston during the World Series made it almost impossible to acuire day to day goods especially baby food among many other itemsFor fans and players alike the return of baseball from the war years was an important vehicle in returning America to a normal environment but he goes a bit overboard comparing America’s victory in World War II with Enos “Country” Slaughter’s made dash home to win the 1946 World Series for the St Louis Cardinals For fans and students of the game 1946 is like a “coming attraction” for baseball and the “Golden Era” that would follow Weintraub has written an interesting book that should satisfy those interested in the minutia of baseball history and how it was integrated into American society following World War II

  2. wade wade says:

    Three things going on in this book First the author traces the military experiences of many pro baseball players that served in WW 2 and the first year of baseball after the war Second he follows Jackie Robinson's first year in the minor and major leagues Lastly he gives you start to finish coverage of the 1946 pennant race culminating in an epic series between the Red Sox and Cardinals This book will make a baseball historical junkie's heart beat a little faster For the audience this book is aimed at the book is 5 stars all the way but for some with a casual interest in the sport it is interesting with a hint of overkill

  3. fleegan fleegan says:

    I don’t usually read baseball books during baseball season I like to save them for the off season It’s a great system where I don’t over baseball myself during the summer Is that even possible? and it gives me some baseball in the winter when I start jonesin’ for it I made an exception for this book because it sounded interesting than the typical baseball memoir and I didn’t think I could wait till December to read it I’m glad I didn’t wait For a book that covers one season the 1946 season it is jammed packed with baseball history goodness Not only do we get treated to the exciting pennant race leading to a seven game World Series between the Red Sox and Cardinals but we’re also given many glimpses into the military lives of the players who served in WWII as well as the American history and culture right after the war Plus Weintraub throws in Jackie Robinson’s first year in the Bigs This book is a massive undertaking of historical and baseball fact checking There were times when I felt the book was getting really bogged down with too much information but the thing this book has going for it is baseball and baseball is filled with funny charming poignant people and stories So as soon as my attention would start to wander Weintraub would throw in a great story What I really appreciated about this book was that it wasn’t sugar coated He shows the players in an honest light If they had bad attitudes about their salary or teammates or whatever he didn’t make them out to be saintly heroes It’s easy to take the legends of baseball and make them sound larger than life but Weintraub brings them back to earth showing us their gritty human nature This is especially true in the Jackie Robinson chapters Overall this was a really enjoyable read I think any baseball fan would enjoy it

  4. Gary Anderson Gary Anderson says:

    Robert Weintraub’s The Victory Season The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age focuses on major league baseball’s 1946 season notable as the first post World War II campaign and the beginning of what some call baseball’s golden age Some star players who went to war returned for the ’46 season in excellent form like Ted Williams and Bob Feller Other players returned with less skill than before the war Of course still others paid the ultimate sacrifice and did not return at allWeintraub tells all of their stories against the backdrop of a home front emerging from a war footing to face new realities and how that environment affected the national pastime For example after leaving military service Jackie Robinson spent the 1946 season playing a championship season for the minor league Montreal Royals warming up for his momentous breaking of baseball’s racial barrier the following season Baseball owners also depended on what was known as the reserve clause to control players’ salaries and careers But in 1946 the reserve clause faced two challenges that would first soften owners’ iron grip and eventually loosen the reserve clause A wealthy Mexican league owner lured away some top talent fresh from the military with salaries far above what they could earn in America and union organizers began to make small inroads into clubhouses filled with modestly paid players most of whom needed to work a second job in the off season in order to have incomes similar to the fans who paid to watch them play The Victory Season is filled with baseball greats and Weintraub’s story telling brings them to life in their war time and post war incarnations Williams Feller Joe and Dom DiMaggio Jackie Robinson Stan Musial Eddie Stanky Leo Durocher Johnny Pesky Red Shoendienst and on and on My favorite “character” here is Enos Slaughter Known as Country Slaughter throughout the league his infectious carefree demeanor and rambunctious playing style exemplified an American attitude set free from the shortages and worries of the way yearsA uick aside In the early 1990s I met Enos Slaughter at a card show Then in his mid seventies Slaughter was wearing a flannel shirt and looked like any senior citizen you might run into at Home Depot or a local coffee shop He laughed smiled chatted and shook hands with everyone who stood in line for his autograph His 1946 persona as presented in The Victory Season meshes perfectly with my own impression from than four decades later The Victory Season will appeal to fans of the Dodgers especially the Brooklyn version as well as Cardinals Red Sox and Indians fans But it’s really a baseball book that will satisfy history buffs and a history book for all baseball fansCross posted on What's Not Wrong?

  5. Michael Michael says:

    A really informative book with a lot of colourful stories; I only wish it had been organized a little better and pared down just a tad because there was a LOT of information

  6. Jason Speck Jason Speck says:

    The Victory Season wraps three narratives into one amazing book the return of baseball's players and their country to something resembling normalcy after the war the thrilling 1946 season and the struggles within baseball to modernize and the first season of professional baseball for one Jackie RobinsonSeason is at turns exciting and sobering from heroic feats on the diamond and in war to the brutal realities of conflict at home and abroad Intermingled with the stories of legendary greats like Ted Williams Stan Musial and Robinson are the stories of those who paid the ultimate price for their service and the hardships faced by those at home both during and after the war Author Robert Weintraub explains why the return of baseball was so critical at this particular point in America's historyExhausted by years of war the expected benefits of peacetime had largely been denied this fan The prospect of war loomed Everyday goods that should have been in abundance were either impossible to find or cost a fortune He or she had been forced to descend to bribery or the black market to house feed clothe and clean the family In all likelihood this fan had struggled to find a decent place to live had either walked out on his job or been affected by others walking out on theirs or had seen his cost of living skyrocket and uite possibly all threeIt may have been small recompense but the thrilling baseball seasonwas powerful enough to put a smile on his or her face even though tomorrow promised another excruciating battle on any of a dozen frontsLuckily for the fans the 1946 season was an incredible one with a movie type ending and one of the most famous World Series that has ever been played Along the way there were no hitters broken records famous homers and best of all the greats of the game back in their proper place Certainly baseball was still suffering racism players held captive by horrendously imbalanced contracts threats from other leagues and greedy self interested owners were just a few of the problems that baseball was aware of but not yet willing to come to terms with But there were advances too night baseball plane travel and a player pension plan appeared promising better things for the futureThe book is supremely balanced rather than merely the happy jaunt in the sun that the title portends Weintraub acknowledges the fallacy of believing in any such Golden Age calling it a rather meaningless construct He paints the idolization of that era as a sort of devil's bargain wherein postwar players willfully acceded to far less than they had coming to them and their reward was to live on in a nostalgic halo worshipped forever by fans who thought they too would play the game for peanuts if only they could Luckily for the players of that period this book brought them an author worthy of describing their talents and troubles A truly fantastic book

  7. Karen Karen says:

    I liked the premise of this book but found that the story was lacking because of the over kill of facts If you are a baseball history buff you will love this book

  8. Terry Pair Terry Pair says:

    A terrific look at the disruption of a sport that was a virtual national institution and a vivid picture of what happened to various players who went off to serve in the war that was that disruption Some incredible stories of harrowing close calls in combat and utter boredom of being shelved in remote parts of the globe But even fascinating to me was the chaos that the war produced back home severe shortages of food fuel and housing which led to skyrocketing prices which led to intense labor and voter unrest All this was reflected in the players who came extremely close to creating an aggressive union and going on strike Oh yeahall that and some remarkable baseball history too as the Cardinals and Dodgers fought tooth and claw all season while the Red Sox assembled a historic lineup to cruise to the World Series And all the while a guy named Jackie Robinson is put on the Dodgers' Triple A team in Montreal the first step in a bold move to integrate the game Unlike his experience in the States the following year Robinson was adored universally by Canadian fans Just a great convergence of drama and told uite well I did feel the author ran out of gas a bit at the end but thenit may just be that I already knew very well how the World Series would play out If you're into social history and love baseball this is a good read

  9. Socraticgadfly Socraticgadfly says:

    I don't generally rate sports books 5 stars except for new info bios for some of sports' greatest playersThis is a very solid 4 though and would possibly be 45 on a half stars scaleWeintraub has done his research on his sports and general history He's gotten uotable uotes from Leo the Lip and others He's also framed the first year of postwar baseball in the context of exploding postwar attendance and beyond the diamond massive housing shortages shortages of some foods and a number of clothing items and He also notes Branch Rickey's move on Jackie Robinson and looks at Robinson's one year in the minorsThere is one small error that Weintraub makes and surprisingly with sabermetricsWins Above Replacement by definition is value above a replacement player the sterotypical uad A callup as used by Baseball Reference It is NOT wins above an average player as Weintraub calls it This is the first book of his I've read; it's a minor thing but something to keep any eye on if he has other baseball books out there

  10. Thomas Ross Thomas Ross says:

    You would think that focusing on one aspect of the 1946 baseball season would be enough of a challenge but writer Robert Weintraub took on 3 That's a lot of facts observations and anecdotes to keep organized and he did a yeoman's job of weaving Jackie's year the players' warpostwar experiences and the races for the Pennants and the World Series Then there were subsets such as his look at labor relations during that year As a union guy I found that part fascinating along with the look at the Mexican league and its attempts to lure players unhappy with their pay from cheapskate owners across the border He also gives some fine profiles of the players of note during that year He doesn't pull punches No romanticizing these guys Warts and all Bottom line a comprehensive book well researched reported and written

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