The 1964 National League pennant race was one of the more memorable in baseball history. The surprising Philadelphia Phillies led by 6 1/2 games with just 10 to play, but a combination of injuries and panicky moves by manager Gene Mauch left the team one game behind the hard-charging St. Louis Cardinals when the season ended. It was a bitter loss for the Phillies, whose fans would have to wait almost 20 years before the team would reach the World Series. Cook, a baseball historian, re-creates the season from spring training through the final day, recounting not just the Philly fortunes but other events around the league: it was Pete Rose's rookie season, and it was the year the Chicago Cubs made the trade that shall live in infamy: future Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock to the Cardinals for journeyman Ernie Broglio. Cook captures the drama of the Phillies' record collapse in vivid prose that may almost be too painful for Philly fans to read. For Cardinal fans, though, the book is pure heaven, and for anyone who loves baseball history, it's good clean fun. Wes LukowskyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
William A. Cook,
a health care administrator, is also the author of Pete Rose: Baseballs All-Time Hit King
(2003) and The 1919 World Series: What Really Happened?
(2001). He lives in North Brunswick, New Jersey.