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Electric October: Seven World Series Games,…

Electric October: Seven World Series Games, Six Lives, Five Minutes of…

by Kevin Cook

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Well told story of the 1947 World Series between the Dodgers and Yankees, seen through the eyes of six of the participants. Bucky Harris, Snuffy Stirnweiss and Bill Bevens' Yanks defeated Burt Shotton, Al Gionfriddo and Cookie Lavagetto's Dodgers four games to three in what at the time was widely considered the greatest World Series ever. The book relates the experiences of these six men and how seven days in October affected them for the rest of their lives.

I've now read six books of this type that relate all the details of a single season or cluster of seasons; Crazy '08, Baseball in '41, Summer of '49, October of 1964 and Dynastic, Bombastic and Fantastic, written by such notables as Robert Creamer and David Halberstam, and this latest is every bit as good as those were. I'd never heard of Kevin Cook before, but I'll gladly read any other baseball books he cares to write. ( )
  5hrdrive | Jun 26, 2017 |
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Thoroughly enjoyed it. There needs to be more books like this on old time baseball, following the lives of minor players after their careers. There are often good articles like this on Hardball Times, but it is really nice to have one in book form, with its allowance for a greater scope
  DirtPriest | Jun 25, 2017 |
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An enjoyable baseball book focusing on 6 less famous participants in the 1947 World Series, their background, the seven series games, and their lives afterwards. Juggling 6 lives occasionally created a bit of confusion but it presented a good picture of the reality of baseball lives, the ups and downs, negotiating fame and a family through it all. ( )
  snash | Jun 25, 2017 |
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