Into My Own: The Remarkable People and Events That Shaped a Life
Roger Kahn is considered one of America’s foremost sportswriters. Bursting onto the scene in 1972 with his national bestseller, The Boys of Summer, he captured the imagination and hearts of sports fans across the country. Now in his ninth decade, Kahn has again written a book for the hearts and minds of his readers. Chronicling his own life, Into My Own, is Kahn’s reflection on the eight people who shaped him: as a man, father and writer.
In this poignant self-portrait, Kahn begins with his childhood in Brooklyn, reared on the verses of Homer, Shakespeare, Housman and Millay—a curriculum set by his mother, and one that would influence his career with words. He combined his intellectual upbringing with his inherent passion for baseball, and began his sportswriting career under the legendary Stanley Woodward at the New York Tribune. This lent Kahn the opportunity to interview and develop friendships with Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson—men that he knew and admired for reasons far beyond their baseball abilities.
Kahn’s writing is by no means limited to his sports coverage, and politically he devotes chapters to Eugene McCarthy and Barry Goldwater, whom he interviewed for the Saturday Evening Post—two diverse men in a turbulent era who championed idealism and intellect. The Post later sent Kahn to interview Robert Frost at his home in Vermont, a rare opportunity for any journalist, and one that developed into a marked friendship between two men of words.
Into My Own is the touching memoir of an ordinary man, whose great love of baseball and literature led him into extraordinary experiences, opportunities and friendships. Even amidst great family tragedy and personal difficulty, Kahn has prevailed—amongst poets, writers, politicians, and most of all, ballplayers.