Baseball in 1939
The Watershed Season of the National Pastime
About the Book
In 1939, baseball’s past ran headlong into its future. As the game celebrated its 100th anniversary with the opening of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, it learned that the legend of the sport’s origins was purely a myth. On the field, the veteran players who had saved the game after the Black Sox scandal were slowly giving way to a new wave of players, men who would usher in the Golden Age of the game.
Through extensive research, augmented by interviews with such Hall of Famers as Bob Feller, Ernie Harwell, Charlie Gehringer and Monte Irvin, the game’s pivotal season is retold here. The appendix provides a statistical summary of the year.
About the Author(s)
Lawrence S. Katz
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 22 photos, appendix, index
Copyright Date: 2012 
Table of Contents
1. The Unheralded Dawning of a New Era 3
2. The Hall of Fame and the Origins of Baseball 13
3. The Teams 39
4. The Players 67
5. The Media 107
6. The Minor Leagues 117
7. Worlds Apart 139
Book Reviews & Awards
“extensive research”—Sports Collectors Digest; “covers a variety of topics…interesting information”—Choice; “a look back at baseball’s centennial season when Ted Williams broke in and the Hall of Fame opened its doors”—USA Today Baseball Weekly; “tells the story of the beginning of the Golden Age of baseball”—Reference & Research Book News.