Weber: Roger Kahn, who lifted sportswriting with ‘Boys of Summer,’ dies at 92

From Bruce Weber at the New York Times on February 7, 2020:

Roger Kahn, whose 1972 book about the Brooklyn Dodgers of the early 1950s, “The Boys of Summer,” melded reportage, sentiment and sociology in a way that stamped baseball as a subject fit for serious writers and serious readers, died on Thursday in Mamaroneck, N.Y. He was 92.

His son Gordon Jacques Kahn confirmed the death, at a nursing home. Mr. Kahn had most recently resided in Stone Ridge, N.Y., in Ulster County, after living most of his life in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Mr. Kahn’s 20 or so books, many about baseball, include a couple of novels, a portrait of the volatile but winning 1978 Yankees, a biography of Jack Dempsey and a collaboration with Pete Rose on Rose’s own story, published in 1989, just months after he was banished from baseball.

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Originally published: February 7, 2020. Last Updated: February 7, 2020.