Electric October

Seven World Series Games, Six Lives, Five Minutes of Fame That Lasted Forever
Product Number: EB00694520
Released: Aug 15, 2017
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781250116574
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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The epic World Series between the Yankees and the Dodgers and the six men whose lives were changed forever The 1947 World Series was "the most exciting ever" in the words of Joe DiMaggio, with a decade's worth of drama packed into seven games between the mighty New York Yankees and underdog Brooklyn Dodgers. It was Jackie Robinson's first Series, a postwar spectacle featuring Frank Sinatra, Ernest Hemingway and President Harry Truman in supporting roles. It was also the first televised World Series - sportswriters called it "Electric October." But for all the star power on display, the outcome hinged on role players: Bill Bevens, a journeyman who knocked on the door of pitching immortality; Al Gionfriddo and Cookie Lavagetto, bench players at the center of the Series' iconic moments; Snuffy Stirnweiss, a wartime batting champion who never got any respect; and managers Bucky Harris and Burt Shotton, each an unlikely choice to run his team. Six men found themselves plucked from obscurity to shine on the sport's greatest stage. But their fame was fleeting; three would never play another big-league game, and all six would be forgotten. Kevin Cook brings the '47 Series back to life, introducing us to men whose past offered no hint they were destined for extraordinary things. For some, the Series was a memory to hold onto. For others, it would haunt them to the end of their days. And for us, Cook offers new insights—some heartbreaking, some uplifting—into what fame and glory truly mean.

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Author(s): Kevin Cook
Original Publish Date: Aug 15, 2017

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Author(s): Kevin Cook
Narrator(s): Joe Barrett
Genre: Sports, History
Product Number DD32763
Released: Aug 15, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781541406407
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Author(s): Kevin Cook
Narrator(s): Joe Barrett
Genre: Sports, History
Product Number Z100123763
Released: Aug 15, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781541426405

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