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Baseball's Starry Night: Reliving Major League Baseball's 2011 Wild Card Night of Shock and Awe [Kindle Edition]

Paul Kocak
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Baseball's Starry Night gives you a fan's-eye view of a night that many have called the most exciting night in the history of Major League Baseball. Going beyond a standard retelling of the balls and strikes and homers and webgems, the book hears from 20 fans in their own words. Loyal fans of the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays provide exciting and deeply personal eyewitness accounts -- either from the stadiums or their living rooms. Get the "you-are-there" feeling.

“This is a magical book about a magical night. This beautifully told story captures baseball at its very best.” - Doris Kearns Goodwin

“September 28, 2011. It was a night that will forever be frozen in baseball time. A night of miracles. A night of magic. A night of heartbreak. A night for the history books. Somebody needed to write a book about that night. Thankfully, Paul Kocak volunteered for the job. And in this beautifully written book, he takes us not merely inside the astonishing ups and downs of this unforgettable evening, but inside the hearts and minds of ‘ordinary’ people -- the fans whose pulse rates haven’t come down yet.” - Jayson Stark, ESPN.com Senior Baseball Writer

“A retelling unlike any other of the greatest night in baseball regular-season history.” - Chris Mallonee

“With Baseball’s Starry Night, Paul Kocak captures an unforgettable moment in time in powerful, passionate prose that will bring fans to their feet all over again.” - Greg Tobin, former editor-in-chief of Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc. and author of Holy Holidays!

“Paul Kocak hits an ‘inside the park homer.’ What a night!” - Len Berman, Sportscaster/Author


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About the Author

Paul Kocak (@kocakwords) is a professional writer with more than 20 years’ experience. A poet, blogger, humorist, and consummate baseball fan, his humor writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Toronto Globe & Mail, New York Magazine, and the New Statesman (U.K.). He is a frequent contributor to the baseball blog OneFlapDown77.com. A Le Moyne College graduate, Kocak lives with his family in Syracuse, New York. At last count, he has attended games at 19 Major League ballparks. The first game featured Billy Pierce against Whitey Ford at Yankee Stadium.

Product Details

  • File Size: 328 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615737838
  • Publisher: Digitature (March 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PEIP06
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing a Magical Night to Life March 29, 2012
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One night, 4 games, 20 fans...a story of 2011's Game 162s. Paul has written a great book about what will go down as one of the most historic (and certainly most exciting) nights in baseball. The book brings to life the weeks leading up to the night, the teams, and their fans. If you like baseball even a little....get yourself this book. And keep it for your kids, when they ask about Baseball's Starry Night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! November 1, 2012
By pat
Format:Kindle Edition
A must read for any baseball aficionado. full of great information not only about that night but games in the past too. the social media tie in was brilliant .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spectacular Read-Mike McCormick August 15, 2012
By MIKE
Format:Paperback
Paul Kocak has written an incredible read in Baseball's Starry Night.It appears all the stars were aligned in their rightful places for this game of inches to occur on one night.Paul has done his homework and put together a book which should be considered some of the best of baseball lore.He has hit a home run with this book.Paul Kocak has done the game and the book proud with this writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Paul does a great job here...making the reader feel almost as if they are at the games. I highly suggest this book for anyone who loves the game of baseball. The only thing I would have liked better is if Paul had chronicled the San Francisco Giants miraculous ride to their first and only title in San Francisco.

Maybe that is the synthisis for your next book, Paul!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Stop Reading It!! July 2, 2012
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent and entertaining book that grabbed me from the get-go and wouldn't let go. It's an exciting, poignant, insightful, and often humorous account of one of the craziest and most dramatic nights in baseball history. It's about baseball, but it's also about the human connection between the fans of this wonderful game. This book has a lot of love for the great game of baseball and its fans who treasure it. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! May 28, 2012
By Edwin
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This is a great story. Told well. A quick read. Captures the excitement of the moments leading to the end of the regular season and leading into the playoffs. A great read for any baseball fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Night March 29, 2012
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One night, 4 games, 20 fans...a story of 2011's Game 162s. Paul has written a great book about what will go down as one of the most historic (and certainly most exciting) nights in baseball. The book brings to life the weeks leading up to the night, the teams, and their fans. If you like baseball even a little....get yourself this book. And keep it for your kids, when they ask about Baseball's Starry Night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie!!! March 21, 2013
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If you consider yourself a true fan of the game and was blessed to have witnessed this wonderful culmination of the 2011 season, then this book will be better than whatever movie MLB or Ken Burns can try to put together. For those who remember being splitting interest at your own game of importance while watching the other TV or looking at your cell phone for updates on the out of town scoreboard, Kocak is able to recreate that intensity of the evening. As a Rays fan stuck in New England bar watching the Red Sox trying to hold on and the Yankees falling into a miraculous collapse was a gut wrenching moment that I revisit every time I pick up this book. If you don't get wrapped up in the excitement then you just don't know what it means to be a baseball fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I thought it was OK but needed to be done differently. To many statistics and repetition some places that seemed to drag the real story down.
Published 9 months ago by Mallory Gilbert
2.0 out of 5 stars meh
This should have been a better book. The story is one which writes itself but the author constantly injects himself into the narrative. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Thomas Brey
2.0 out of 5 stars Baseball's Great Night Deserves Better
The pennant races of the 2011 season went down in a flash of excitement on the last regular game. It also provided a springboard for a most exciting 2012 season. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Pluggy
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat interesting
Kocak provides several different perspectives on the night, but I feel that the book truly lacks input from the players that participated in the games and the broadcasters and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Josh H.
4.0 out of 5 stars 2011 Season Finale In A Book
The wild day of upsets and storybook endings to the regular baseball season are relived here. There will never again be and ending like this one. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Charles J. Selden
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book!
I really enjoyed this book, not only because I was interested in these particular games that night, but because as a fan, you can relate to what these fans are feeling while their... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Blade3colorado
2.0 out of 5 stars Starry Starry Night
Did not like this book. It was very hard reading because it just contained a lot of statistics. No flow to it and not easy reading. Would not recommend it.
Published 23 months ago by Lady Di
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More About the Author

At its best, sports mimics the heroics we all aspire to in daily life. When someone overcomes long odds in sports, it reminds us of the triumphs we sometimes encounter. That's what I've tried to bottle and share in my first book. I like wordplay (sometimes finding it hard to rein it in). My writing ranges from haiku to essay to meditation. I've worked as a teacher and as a technical editor and marketing communications person in corporate environments. But writing "Baseball's Starry Night" gave me the chance to indulge my affection for baseball, which goes back to backyards with my dad and my brothers. The surprise reward of all this has been discovering relationships with fans scattered far and wide. If successful, my writing reaches folks in the same way a conversation at a ballgame does.



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