A unique and dynamic look at a pivotal year in American history and culture.
There were seismic shifts taking place in 1966. The Supreme Court’s Miranda warnings decision. A World Series upset. Jacqueline Susann’s salacious best seller Valley of the Dolls. The television debut of Batman. Five successful missions in NASA’s Project Gemini. It was truly a momentous year in America.
In Do You Believe in Magic? Baseball and America in the Groundbreaking Year of 1966, David Krell goes beyond the headlines to reveal the importance of this underappreciated year in history. Using the baseball season as a unifying thread, Krell also examines the Space Race, television, film, politics, music, and more, revealing that innovation was the common theme during this extraordinary time.
With a vivid narrative, archival photos, exclusive interviews, and contemporary news accounts, Do You Believe in Magic? presents the powerful stories and impactful moments from a fascinating year that transformed America forever.
David Krell is a former TV news producer at MSNBC. He is the author of 1962: Baseball and America in the Time of JFK and Our Bums: The Brooklyn Dodgers in History, Memory and Popular Culture. Krell also edited the anthologies The New York Yankees in Popular Culture and The New York Mets in Popular Culture. In addition, Krell has written for the Baseball Hall of Fame magazine Memories and Dreams and several Society for American Baseball Research publications. For more than 10 years, Krell’s series, “Krell’s Korner,” has covered cases and historical events for the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Journal. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Chapter 1: “Cannons at the Corners” (January)
Chapter 2: Hollywood’s Other Dynamic Duo (February)
Chapter 3: “Back in the Fold” (March)
Chapter 4: Is this heaven? No, it’s Anaheim. (April)
Chapter 5: Spies and Dolls (May)
Chapter 6: The Life and Times of Robert Simpson Petrie (June)
Chapter 7: A Great Speech in Cooperstown (July)
Chapter 8: Hail, Caesars Palace! (August)
Chapter 9: Impossible Missions, Daydream Believers, and the Final Frontier (September)
Chapter 10: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (October)
Chapter 11: Splashdown (November)
Chapter 12: Joy to the World (December)
About the Author
If John Sebastian and the Lovin’ Spoonful were baseball historians, they could have done no better than this book. David Krell melds the 1966 season and the cultural environment with elan.
This snappily-written book lets the reader relive the landmark year of 1966, with special consideration to baseball, popular culture, and the space race. It's a fun ride through an epic 365 days.
Leave it to David Krell to take myriad events, weave them together and produce an enlightening revelation of historic and social importance. A fascinating journey through an impactful year.
David’s ability to write language that transports us back in time is remarkable. He recounts pop culture, history, entertainment, and sports through personal interviews and extensive research. Details, personality, and humor are all tied together to bring the nostalgia of 1966 to life.
A worthy read that puts baseball in the context of history.
David Krell, expert chronicler of pinpoint-specific history, has done it again. Do You Believe in Magic? takes us inside 1966 in new and wonderful ways, offering the kind of luxurious time-capsule soak we've come to expect from his books.
David Krell weaves a magnificent tapestry of the year 1966; using baseball as the central thread, he magnificently combines the year's biggest events to make us all feel we are front and center and experiencing every moment.
Krell's impressive research and conversational writing style makes Do You Believe in Magic? a must-read for anyone who enjoys pop culture, American history, and, most importantly, baseball. Quite simply, after reading Do You Believe in Magic?, readers will have one answer: Yes, we do!
David Krell's book tells us all about the good, the bad, and the ugly of that pivotal year. The western of the same name also came out in 1966. From the Orioles underdog championship run, to the happenings at NASA, to the ongoing Vietnam conflict, to the introduction of Astroturf, David brings it all home in an informative and descriptive way that makes those of us who weren't born yet feel like we lived through it.
4/28/23, White Plains Community Media: David Krell discusses the book on the show Beyond the Game with John Vorperian.