Roger Kahn, the accomplished author known best for his tale, “The Boys of Summer,” died Thursday night at the age of 92. His son, Gordon, told the Associated Press that Kahn passed away at a nursing facility in Mamaroneck.
Kahn wrote 20 books and countless articles, but his 1972 best-seller about the Brooklyn Dodgers and the love he and his father shared for the team, was a hit, 15 years after the club moved to Los Angeles. It alternated between Kahn’s time covering the team in the early 1950s for the Herald Tribune and 20 years later.
“At a point in life when one is through with boyhood, but has not yet discovered how to be a man, it was my fortune to travel with the most marvelously appealing of teams,” he wrote.
Kahn got his start in 1948 with the Tribune, working as a copy boy. He began covering the Dodgers, along with the Giants and Yankees, in 1952. He became the sports editor at Newsweek by 1956. He also wrote for Esquire, Time and Sports Illustrated. Kahn, who also wrote the 2004 book “October Men: Reggie Jackson, George Steinbrenner, Billy Martin, and the Yankees’ Miraculous Finish in 1978,” and “Joe and Marilyn: A Memory of Love,” from 1986, was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
He is survived by his son, Gordon, his wife, Katharine Kahn Johnson, and his daughter, Alissa Kahn Keenan. A funeral will be held Feb. 10 in Katonah, New York.