1962 was an incredible year. Marilyn Monroe died. Rod Laver won the Grand Slam in Men's tennis. The Cuban Missile Crises had us all on our toes and three amazing cities, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York hosted amazing baseball teams featuring some of the greatest ballplayers that ever lived.
Author Steven R. Travers covers all that and more in his latest book A Tale of Three Cities: The 1962 Baseball Season in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
This isn't just a book about four baseball teams (Yankees, Mets, Dodgers and Giants) but a lesson in history as Travers sets up the stories of each of the four ballclub’s he covers featuring the political and cultural climates as well as the clubs histories from their inception until 1962.
A Tale of Three Cities is a baseball junkies dream; within its pages contain stories about Joe DiMaggio, Roger Maris, Willie Mays, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, Duke Snider, Leo Durocher, Walter Alston, Branch Rickey and dozens and dozens of other players of note and some players who made news that you may not of ever heard of.
Travers made 1962 come alive for me in a way that made me think (and wish) I was actually alive during that period and I’m quite certain he’ll do the same for the reader as well. This book is a worthy addition to any baseball or history junkie’s bookshelf.
There is so much that I could say but I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Travers for my radio program and I would invite you to have a listen. You can access that program here.
You can purchase A Tale of Three Cities via Amazon here.
Mr. Travers website is here.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of the book by the author to interview him for my radio program and to review this book on my website and blog. In NO way was I asked to give this book a favorable review by the author or publisher.