So Many Seasons in the Sun
by Lawrence D. Hogan
Foreword by Frank Deford
So Many Seasons In the Sun is the untold history of baseball as seen in the story of the major leagues’ two most historically important teams told from the vantage point of the game’s ultimate insiders, Fred and Ed Logan, Pete Sheehy, and Mike Murphy. These four legendary clubhouse men are at the center of So Many Seasons In The Sun. Their combined service for baseball’s two most storied franchises, the Highlanders/Yankees of New York, and the Giants of both New York and San Francisco, stretches over a century. Their stories, and the stories they tell, present the rich history of major league baseball, of great players, great teams, and great seasons from the 1880s until today.
Journeying with the Logans, Silent Pete, and Murph across professional baseball’s clubhouse landscape provides a revealing picture of the evolution of America’s greatest game as well as an intimate glimpse at such baseball luminaries as John McGraw, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays and Barry Bonds. The history of our national pastime viewed across the extended period afforded by the Logan/Logan/Sheehy/Murphy lens gives us an unparalleled picture of the continuity and change baseball has experienced. Our clubhouse tandem take us from the origin of the professional game in the 19th century dead ball era through today’s baseball world of celebrity-hood, sky-rocketing revenues and salaries, new stadium palaces, free agency, and chemical enhancement.
In visiting baseball inner sanctum the “NO VISITORS ALLOWED” sign that has barred the clubhouse door for So Many Seasons In the Sun is taken down for the first time for a unique look at what is “the real center of all that is important with any baseball team.”
Dr. Lawrence Hogan, Senior Professor of History at Union County College, is recognized nationally for his work on the history of Black baseball. He is the author of Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Glory of African-American Baseball published by National Geographic. He is the producer of Before You Can Say Jackie Robinson: Black Baseball in America in the Era of the Color Line, which is included in the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s best baseball documentaries series.