Man in the Crowd: A Fan's Notes on Four Generations of New York Baseball

Man in the Crowd: A Fan's Notes on Four Generations of New York Baseball

by Stanley Cohen

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For Stanley Cohen, baseball is the prism through which he views the events of the last seventy years. In The Man in the Crowd, Cohen chronicles America’s changing mood and lifestyle from the years of World War II through the silent generation of the fifties, the revolutionary turmoil of the sixties through the social decay of the seventies, the excess of the eighties through the technological transformation of the nineties, up through the sobering uncertainty of the post- 9/11 present day. His narrative spans four generations as he recounts in sparkling prose how, for his immigrant father, sports was a means of assimilation into life in the New World; the warmth of watching his son and, later, his grandson both fall heir to his devotion; and how the game of baseball has provided his life with its truest sense of continuity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620874516
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 06/20/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 994,673
File size: 699 KB

About the Author

Stanley Cohen is a veteran award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He has worked as an editor, writer, and reporter for newspapers, magazines, and an international news service for more than fifty years and has also taught writing, journalism, and philosophy at Hunter College. He is the author of ten books, including the acclaimed The Game They Played. He lives in Tomkins Cove, New York.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 The Birth of a Fan 7

2 Coming of Age 17

3 Wartime Baseball 25

4 The Past Returns 33

5 A Generations Turning 43

6 Running Counter to the Trend 57

7 The Winds of Change 69

8 The Fascination Wanes 87

9 A Special Year 99

10 A Feast of Victory 109

11 Rebirth of a Fan 125

12 A Winner at Last 133

13 Modem Times 143

14 The Magic Is Back 153

15 Baseball Goes on Strike 167

16 The Mets to the Rescue 175

17 A New Era 189

18 A Tarnished Decade 201

19 A New Dynasty 211

20 New York at the Edge 221

21 The Torch Is Passed 233

Author's Note 239

About the Author 241

Bibliography 243

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