The Golden Age of Baseball

The Golden Age of Baseball (2003)

By Dan Schlossberg, Robert Cassidy, Bruce Herman & Saul Wisnia
Editor-Paul Adomites, Foreword-Ernie Banks

From the 1920s through the 1970s, America cheered, whistled, and booed for the likes of Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, and Reggie Jackson. It was baseball’s Golden Age, and as sluggers and speedsters filled ballparks and wowed fans, baseball saturated American culture, capturing hearts and imaginations. The Golden Age of Baseball captures that era in engaging words and compelling photos. Read about:

  • The birth of the New York Yankees dynasty.
  • Lou Gehrig’s record playing streak.
  • Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies’ 1950s Whiz Kids.
  • Sandy Koufax’s dominating pitching.
  • Henry Aaron’s record-setting home run.

The Golden Age of Baseball details the rich tapestry of baseball’s heyday, from Ty Cobb to Ted Williams, from Walter Johnson to Nolan Ryan. Its chapters recount the era’s best moments decade by decade:

  • The birth of baseball: The myths versus the facts.
  • Memorable baseball figures of the 1920s, from Babe Ruth to Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
  • The emergence of the home run and night games in the 1930s.
  • Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, and other greats of the 1940s.
  • The New York Yankees dynasty and sluggers like Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle in the 1950s.
  • Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Bob Gibson, and other great pitchers of the 1960s.
  • Baseball expansion in the 1970s, and the introduction of the designated hitter.