“SLIDE!” by Carl Wolfson— “The Baseball Tragicomedy That Defined Me, My Family, And the City of Philadelphia— And How It All Could Have Been Avoided Had Someone Just Listened to My Lesbian Great Aunt”

Wolfson, Carl. “SLIDE!”, Mascot Books, 2017.

“The Baseball Tragicomedy That Defined Me, My Family, And the City of Philadelphia— And How It All Could Have Been Avoided Had Someone Just Listened to My Lesbian Great Aunt”

Amos Lassen

“Slide!” is a very funny true story about the greatest collapse in baseball history as seen through the eyes of a boy who was there. In 1964, the Philadelphia Phillies began their bid for the pennant with an almost perfect run. With twelve games left to play, it seemed that they were a shoo-in. For 11-year-old Carl Wolfson, this was the happiest summer of his young life until the losses began and Phillies fans were thrown into despair and the dream of a World Series forced Carl to find refuge in comedy. He was lucky in that he was surrounded by comedy and it was funny even when his parents argued (about foolishness). Carl’s grandmother “(who was so stubbornly Republican that she refused to carry a Roosevelt dime)” and his great aunt who wrote protest letters to the Phillies front office that became legendary kept him distracted from the reality of a losing season for his favorite team..

Carl came of age against the backdrop the Kennedy assassination, the almost unbelievable Goldwater-Johnson campaign, the civil rights struggles of the early 1960s, and the Red Scare and we see what life was like when things were changing rapidly in this country. It was a “tumultuous time of national and international change.” This is a story of childhood, family, and baseball and is a fun read.

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