The Fall Classic and the Boys of Summer

Baseball playoffs gear up this week, leading to the ultimate prize: the World Series trophy. In the past, the second week in October was when the World Series took place – in fact, a number of memorable incidents occurred:

  • Oct 7, 1945 – A goat was removed from Wrigley field during Game 4 because of its odor. It’s owner claimed the the Chicago Cubs would not win – and they haven’t, thanks to the Billy Goat Curse.
  • Oct 8, 1956 – Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game during a World Series. (And one of only 18, ever.)
  • Oct 9, 1919 – The Cincinnati Reds “won” the World Series as a result of the Black Sox scandal.

In honor of all of the craziness, and because I’m a big fan, here are some great resources to celebrate the end of the season.


Autumn Glory: Baseball’s First World Series by Louis P. Masur

The Best Game Ever: Pirates vs. Yankees, October 13, 1960 by JimReisler

Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series by Eliot Asinof

The Fall Classic: The Definitive History of the World Series by Eric Enders

Feeding the Monster: How Money, Smarts, and Nerve Took a Team to the Top by Seth Mnookin

The First World Series and the Baseball Fanatics of 1903 by Roger I. Abrams

Fisk’s Homer, Willie’s Catch, and the Shot Heard Round the World: Classic Moments from Postseason Baseball, 1940-1966 by G. Richard McKelvey

The Gashouse Gang: How Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, Pepper Martin, and Their Colorful, Come-from-Behind Ball Club Won the World Series – and America’s Heart – During the Great Depression by John Heidenry

Mind Game: How the Boston Red Sox Got Smart, Won a World Series, and Created a New Blueprint for Winning edited by Stephen Goldman

Miracle Ball: My Hunt for the Shot Heard ‘Round the World by Brian Biegel

October, 1964 by David Halberstam

DVD: Eight Men Out

DVD: Fever Pitch


MLB’s World Series

Baseball Almanac’s World Series History

Ken Burns’ Baseball on PBS

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