At times while reading Halberstam's book, it felt as if the literature came to life as if I were watching the final game on ESPN Classic. Halberstam's picture illustrations of players and team personell only reinforces his compelling account of one of the most intense and exciting pennant chases of all-time. Both clubs experienced distraction during that summer; New York, injury proned to DiMaggio and others. Boston, seemed to have "eggo-identities" with some players. In addition, the great Ted Williams had constant issues with the Boston media and fans, which only interfered with their quest to capture the pennant. Although New York sustained a better Front-Office than Boston in 1949, both organizations remained adamant by refusing to sign minority players to thier rosters. Maybe, if the Boston Front-Office would have up-graded thier pitching staff, history would have written a different page. Overall, I enjoyed another Halberstam classic, it is definitley a keeper for baseball historians alike.