As Donald Honig points out in his introduction, "Every World Series in itself is a tale with beginning, middle, and end, and because there must be a winner, there must be a hero." Tales of Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Sandy Koufax, and Willie Mays are related by the star players who knew them. Those players recall vivid moments from their World Series games, stretching from 1912 to 1974.
What made the experience of listening to The October Heroes the most enjoyable?
Donald Honig made a fantastic contribution to baseball literature with his oral history of the Fall Classic, told by men who played in it. It is reminiscent of The Glory of Their Times, by Lawrence Ritter--but in this case we don't hear the actual voices of the players.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The October Heroes?
My favorite part was hearing about Grover Cleveland Alexander pitching in relief in the final game of the 1926 World Series.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Sorensen?
Just about anybody. If the material he was reading wasn't so great, I would have given up on the book. You can say he was trying to allow the drama and excitement speak for themselves, but that is charitable. If I didn't understand English, I might think this book was all about watching mud dry, or something; it wouldn't sound like it was anything interesting.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes--because the material is so good!
Any additional comments?
The recollections of the old time ballplayers are so good. One ballplayer, as he was riding on a train, described the novelty of seeing someone driving a car--because there weren't that many cars around yet. Where are you going to get observations like that? It's great.