Tuesday, May 11, 2021

1962: Baseball and America in the Time of JFK by David Krell - Book Review

As member of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) I had the pleasure of speaking to David Krell on the phone about baseball.  I was attracted to his new book 1962: Baseball in America in the Time of JFK.  I was 13 years old in 1962 and was a fan of the original New York Mets and suffered through their futility in their inaugural year.  Krell stated that originally his book was to consider only the original New York Mets and Houston Colt .45s, but it was a good thing that he expanded on that.  Almost all baseball books discuss only the sport, and not how it integrated into the popular culture. Krell discusses movies, television, books, politics, and current events as he takes his readers back in time.  It certainly brought back memories for me as I was a teenager that year.  Younger readers can benefit by learning about baseball and the popular culture of that time.  I enjoyed reading about the lesser-known players on the original Mets.  One reason the book is unique is that he provides information about the original Houston Colt .45s not readily available.  I was quite impressed by the research he did by interviews and original newspaper accounts.  I am happy that he acknowledged the help he received from librarians as that was my former profession.  My only disappointment was there was very little mention of the popular music of that era.  I can read about the golden oldies in other places.


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