Remembering Roger Kahn

Roger Kahn passed away last Thursday in Mamaroneck, New York. He was 92. He has been called the dean of American sportswriters and was the author of the best-selling classic The Boys of Summer. He was also the author of eighteen nonfiction books and two novels. His books Memories of Summer: When Baseball Was an Art, and Writing about It a GameThe Era, 1947–1957: When the Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers Ruled the WorldA Season in the Sun; and Good Enough to Dream are all available from the University of Nebraska Press.

In the summer of 2018, UNP published a rich collection of stories and articles by Roger Kahn edited by Bill Dwyre. Written across six decades, the volume shows his ability to describe the athletes he profiled as they truly were in a manner neither compromised nor cruel but always authentic and up close, aptly titled The Roger Kahn Reader: Six Decades of Sportswriting.

Roger Kahn is all about words and a sensibility that respects athletes, especially baseball players, for their sublime skills, but especially for their love and dedication to their exacting sport. He is remorseless about racism, cruelty and hypocrisy, but above all appreciative of talent and integrity. . . . Spending a few hours with The Roger Kahn Reader is like a time-machine voyage back to a sports world of authentic heroes, colorful but not obnoxious characters, just causes, smart talk and love of the games. Roger Kahn helped create that world and reanimates it here for our pleasure.”

—Edward Kosner, Wall Street Journal

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