Fall Classics: The Best Writing about the World Series' First 100 Years
Bill Littlefield, Richard A. Johnson
Crown Publishers, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 290 pages
For a century, the World Series has captured the imagination of sports fans and non-fans alike. The drama of the Series has included Willie Mays's over-the-shoulder catch, Don Larson's perfect game, the audacious Black Sox game-fixing scandal, unlikely heroics from previously unsung journeyman players, and enough elation and heartbreak to inspire a rich legacy of brilliant and timeless writing. Fall Classics collects the very best of it. Some pieces come from sportswriters who lived with the game daily, while others are penned by more literary folks who were drawn to the World Series as something more than a simple athletic contest. With contributions from writers including Damon Runyon, Ring Lardner, Thomas Wolfe, James T. Farrell, Red Smith, Mike Lupica, Thomas Boswell, Robert Creamer, Satchel Paige, Roger Angell, and Bud Collins, the result is both a history of the event and a celebration of what it has meant for anyone who has ever felt the magic of baseball in October.
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