Whispers of the Gods: Tales from Baseball’s Golden Age, Told by the Men Who Played It

Rowman & Littlefield. Feb. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9781538154878. $24.95. SPORTS
The so-called “golden age” of American baseball (1940s–60s) produced some of the greatest players of all time. It has seen the likes of the legendary Ted Williams, Roger Maris, Stan Musial, Ron Santo, and Roy Campanella. Sportswriter Golenbock’s (The Bronx Zoo) book is an oral history of some of the most fascinating players of that era. These extraordinary interviews read casually but are by no means are casual—they are so much more. They tell a great account of what baseball was during this era and give readers an intimate look at the players’ personal and professional lives. Together, the interviews paint a vivid picture that is hard to recreate and is real a treasure to behold. Told from the players’ perspectives, this well-written history is outstanding from the first page to the last. It includes archival photographs of players like Babe Ruth and Marty Marion, which complement their colorful stories both on and off the mound.
VERDICT Anyone who has love for the game of baseball will enjoy this remarkable book. A must-read for all baseball fans, casuals and diehards alike.
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