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David Prendergast By David Prendergast Published on May 12, 2016

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"During four consecutive years they entered autumn full of hope and found catastrophe."

Book: The Boys of Summer Author: Roger Khan Published: 1972

Khan was a sports writer who followed the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team of the 1950s – regarded by many as the greatest team ever. This book is divided into two main segments. 

The first half is dedicated to Khan’s time at Ebbets Field and on the road with the team. The second, and more mesmerising, follows Khan as he tracks down the star players of the team well after their careers have ended and finds out what happened to those once great sportsmen. What he finds is a mixture of disappointment, regret, and the harshness of time on the body. 

This book is a memoir of pure nostalgia and lament and thus it's tone is universal and not just confined to sport.

"You may glory in a team triumphant, but you fall in love with a team in defeat. Losing after great striving is the story of man, who was born to sorrow, whose sweetest songs tell of saddest thought, and who, if he is a hero, does nothing in life as becomingly as leaving it."
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