When the Boys Came Back: Baseball and 1946

Version: Unabridged
Author: Frederick Turner
Narrator: Brian Emerson
Genres: Sports & Recreation
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: June 2013
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 1 minute
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In the aftermath of World War II, few events in the United States were as eagerly awaited as baseball’s spring training. But the national pastime was as unsettled as the rest of the country. Had some of the stars seen their careers ended by their service? How would wartime players fare against returning veterans?

These questions would be answered as the dramatic season unfolded—a season that included Jackie Robinson’s signing by the Brooklyn Dodgers, a pennant race in the National League that ended in history's first tie, challenges from a rival Mexican league, and a World Series culminated in the seventh game by Enos Slaughter’s legendary dash from first to home. Drawing on new interviews with many of the players who wrote the season’s history, Frederick Turner brings to life this historic chapter in American culture.

Author Details

Author Details

Turner, Frederick

Frederick Turner is the Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is the author of sixteen books of poetry, criticism, and fiction, including "The New World: An Epic Poem; Rebirth of Value: Meditations on Beauty, Ecology, Religion and Education;" and "Tempest, Flute and Oz: Essays on the Future."