Against the backdrop of the growing storm clouds of World War II, the 1941 baseball season was remarkable both for its players and events--and for its significance as the end of an era. Written by Joe DiMaggio's brother....
|Title||:||Real Grass, Real Heroes|
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Real Grass, Real Heroes Reviews
One of the books that first got me into reading when I was a teenager. Wonderful. I remember feeling like I could smell the grass and pine tar. I just wanted to stay in my room all day and read.
One of the best baseball books I've come across, by a guy who got the shaft from the Hall of Fame solely because his brother was Joltin' Joe DiMaggio (take as an argument that, during the 10 seasons Dom played, NO ONE in the majors had more hits than him...not Joe, not Ted Williams, no one!). Dom DiMaggio, Joe's younger brother and the guy who hit before Ted Williams in the Red Sox lineup for 10 seasons, recalls his personal experiences from the summer of '41, an historic year for baseball, when Joe D. hit in 56 straight and Teddy Ballgame hammered out a .406 BA, the last over .400 season average in baseball history. Dom fills his book with warm memories, funny anecdotes, and a behind the scenes look at the game during its golden era.
Dom DiMaggio was known as "the little professor" because of the way he looked in glasses. This book shows his writing skills merit that sobriquet. Ted Williams notes in the introduction that DiMaggio could have taken the easy route of writing an autobiography. Instead, he looks at a particular point in the history of baseball that might have been the pinnacle of that era. And, he puts it in the context of everything else that was going on in America and the world in 1941. "Here are some of the things that make 1941 so special:. The home team always wore white, and the visitors were in gray. It was a game that was in many ways unrecognizable by today's standards:• Barely half the major league teams had stadiums equipped with lights for night games, and no team played more than a few.• There were no games on television.• Teams traveled by train, creating a closeness among players not allowed by today's air travel.• No team had moved to another city since 1903.• Only twelve American cities had major league teams, with St. Louis the farthest west. There were no major league teams in Canada or California or Texas.• There were no black players.• There was no indoor baseball played on fake grass.• There were no agents, million-dollar salaries, multiyear contracts, or players deciding for themselves where they will play next year.• There were no player strikes or owner lockouts.• Drugs had not surfaced as a serious problem, although alcohol was always a concern. Smoking and chewing tobacco were commonplace.And there were no padded fences or warning tracks..."Not only does DiMaggio place that year of baseball in historical context, he gives us access to a host of players - their life-styles and thoughts on the game. We also get the insights of a great player who has a love for his profession and the game of baseball. It's amazing how much the game has changed but this book makes anyone who loved the movie Field of Dreams (Shoeless Joe) feel right at home
Better Than Summer Of 49 -- Almost As Good As THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES!!!As a long line of male loved ones will attest, I can't keep awake for more than an inning or two of baseball in real life, whether on TV or at the park -- but I genuinely love reading about the game. Dominic DiMaggio tells the story of the golden age of baseball with the insights of an insider and still captures the golden warmth of nostalgia at the same time. Dominic DiMaggio was a quiet, thoughtful man, never one to brag about his own achievements. This book is not about him, really, even though he was a standout player on some of the greatest Boston Red Sox teams in history. This book is about what it was like to be around Major League Baseball before, during, and after World War II -- a time of great tragedy and loss, but also great innocence and hope, on and off the baseball diamond. Dom DiMaggio captures the magic of that vanished era. There are passages in this book so full of memories they literally bring tears to your eyes -- like when he describes the joys of train travel or what it was like to walk down the block on a hot summer afternoon when everyone in the neighborhood had the radion on to the same game at the same time!You don't have to love baseball to love this book -- you just have to love being alive.
The real Dimaggio hero- loved by teammates, family, and fans.