Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Wait Till Next Year – A Memoir

Wait Till Next Year is the story of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Brooklyn immigrant family and the role that baseball played in their lives in the 1940s and 50s, up until the Dodgers left Brooklyn.

Wait Till Next Year - A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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By the honor winning creator of Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit, Wait Till Next Year is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s cleaning diary of experiencing childhood in adoration with her family and baseball.

Set in suburbia of New York during the 1950s, Wait Till Next Year re-makes the post bellum time, when the corner store was a spot to share stories and neighborhoods were similarly split between Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans.

We meet individuals who most impacted Goodwin’s initial life: her mom, who showed her the delight of books yet whose incapacitating disease left her housebound: and her dad, who showed her the delight of baseball and to pull for the Dodgers of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, and Gil Hodges. Generally significant, Goodwin depicts with expert articulation how the Dodgers’ leaving Brooklyn in 1957, and the passing of her mom before long, checked both the finish of a time and, as far as she might be concerned, the finish of youth.

Doris Kearns Goodwin Books

Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream (1976) Shop at Amazon
The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys (1987) Shop at Amazon
No Ordinary Time (1994) Shop at Amazon
Wait Till Next Year (1997) Shop at Amazon
Team of Rivals (2005) Shop at Amazon
The Bully Pulpit (2013) Shop at Amazon
Leadership: In Turbulent Times (2018) Shop at Amazon

About the Brooklyn Dodgers

The Dodgers were in a very impressive run in 1957 as they had won five pennants and one World Championship over the past eight years. Their owner, Brooklyn lawyer Walter O’Malley, wanted a new stadium from the city where he could control all the profits. He could not come to an agreement with the city while Los Angeles had agreed to build him a new stadium.

The league approved the move, but only on the condition that the Giants also move. If either team had dropped out, the move would not have been approved.

About the Author

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s interest in leadership started more than half a century prior as a teacher at Harvard. Her encounters working for Lyndon B. Johnson in the White House and later helping him on his journals prompted her smash hit Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream.

She circled back to the Pulitzer Prize–winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She acquired the Lincoln Prize for the runaway smash hit Team of Rivals, the reason for Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award–winning film Lincoln, and the Carnegie Medal for The Bully Pulpit, the New York Times bestseller that was a chronicle of the kinship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

In the world of sports, she was a talking head for Ken Burns’ Baseball, covering much of the same era as this book. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

Other Books You May Like

Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between by Eric Nusbaum: Stealing Home is a story about baseball, family, the American Dream, and the fight to turn Los Angeles into a big league city. This book covers the Dodgers’ move and the building of Dodger Stadium which lead to many families being displaced.

Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball by John Helyar: Lords of the Realm is one of the most in-depth and well researched books about baseball ownership and labor relations ever written.

The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn: The Boys of Summer is Roger Kahn’s classic narrative of growing up within shouting distance of Ebbets Field, covering the Jackie Robinson Dodgers, and what’s happened to everybody since.

Wait Till Next Year Podcasts

The Axe Files with David Axelrod – Doris Kearns Goodwin: Doris joined David to talk about the episodes of history that have led us to the present day, the fight for the soul of the Republican Party, and the historic inauguration of President Joe Biden.

Above the Basement – The Baseball Episode: A conversation between the illustrious sports reporters Gordon Edes and Steve Buckley with arguably the most well known Presidential Historian in the world – Doris Kearns Goodwin.