Books: Home Stand

THE BOYS OF SUMMER by ROGER KAHN 442 pages. Harper & Row. $8.95.

What is to be made of this nostalgic book about the Brooklyn Dodgers? Its title comes from a poem by Dylan Thomas, and its first chapter is called "Lines on the Transpontine Madness." "Transpontine": a very British word meaning that which lies over a bridge, specifically one that crosses the Thames. For reasons too academic to mention, it also means melodramatic.

This is the sort of pretentiousness one might expect from a New York Giants fan, which 44-year-old Roger Kahn could well...

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