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Electric October Audiobook

Electric October: Seven World Series Games, Six Lives, Five Minutes of Fame That Lasted Forever

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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. Kevin Cook brings the '47 Series 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 on to. For others, it would haunt them to the end of their days. And for us, Cook offers new insights - at once heartbreaking and uplifting - into what fame and glory truly mean.

©2017 Kevin Cook (P)2017 Tantor

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    Jody Scharf 08-30-17
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    easy listen. brought baseball history to life.


    the narrator spoke well and clearly. this is a must for any baseball fan

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