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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078641216X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786412167
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,513,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Lukowsky
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About the Author

William A. Cook, a health care administrator, is also the author of Pete Rose: Baseball’s All-Time Hit King (2003) and The 1919 World Series: What Really Happened? (2001). He lives in North Brunswick, New Jersey.

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William A. Cook's much anticipated anthology on fan violence and rowdyism in major league baseball was published in 2013 with Sunbury Press. "Diamond Madness: Classic Episodes of Rowdyism, Racism and Violence in Major League Baseball." The title says it all!

Cook's "Big Klu - The Baseball life of Ted Kluszewski" was published in late 2012, by McFarland & Co., Inc. The book chronicles the sports career of one of major league baseball's most iconic sluggers during the golden age of the game in the 1950's. The work also details Kluzewski's career on the gird iron at Indiana University and his post-playing days in the major leagues becoming a successful buisnessman and later the batting coach for the Big Red Machine in the 1970's.

Cook's well respected work "Jim Thorpe - a Biography," was published in 2011. Unlike other Thorpe biographies, Cook provides the reader with broader attention to Thorpe's major and minor league baseball career and stormy relationship with legendary New York Giants manager John McGraw, in addition to comprehensive coverage of his football career at Carlisle and the early days of the NFL.

Still causing a stir with the baseball historian's is Cook's epic and well researched work "The 1919 World Series - What Really Happened," published in 2001. The book reignited the dialogue among baseball historians on the facts of baseball's most notorious event, spawning more than ten new titles on the subject within a few years of the publication. Cook's thesis in his book is eye-opening in that he asserts that no matter how the World Series was played, fair, fixed, or otherwise, the Chicago White Sox were not going to win. The 1919 Cincinnati Reds were simply a better team.

Also Cook's exiciting and fast paced, "King of the Bootleggers - a Biography of George Remus," published by McFarland has gained significant attention from flim makers and screen writers alike and is one of most shocking, interesting and well documented works about the prohibition era recently published. As one reviewer stated, Cook has the ability in his writing to take historical facts and make them read like a novel.

As a historian, Cook has a repuation as being objective and detailed in his writing. Cook's work "Pete Rose - Baseball's All-Time Hit King," is an example of his laser like ability to describe events objectively and let the reader make-up their mind as to the legacy of a sports celebrity surrounded by lasting controversy.

William A. Cook was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a semi-retired public administrator having served in the nation's health care and social service systems in several states. For the past 26 years he has resided in New Jersey. He served one-term as a township councilman in North Brunswick(1991-1993)and ran unsuccessfully for Freeholder in Middlesex County (1995). Currently he lives in Manalapan. Prior to coming to the east coast, Cook lived and worked in Chicago and Minneapolis. His educational experience includes holding an MA, University of Illinois at Chicago; BS, AA, University of Cincinnati. A widower, he was married for 14 years.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
The book was a major disappointment. Not only was the cost way out of touch, the author did little more than pour over volumes of box scores and tell the read what happened. His use of the words "subsequently" and "however" is very distracting in that he must use the words to start nearly every paragraph. This was a great season for the National League and the author had an opportunity to really recapture the suspense and nose dive involved with Philadelphia or the charge of St.Louis - he did neither - opting to follow the script from box scores without ever interviewing any of the players or fans involved in the classic pennant race. As a 60's baseball fan I had high hopes for the book when I purchased it - but it hardly held my interest other than name dropping players like Vada Pinson, Wes Covington and Willie Mays throughout the book. Don't waste your money - you won't be satisfied with reading the game accounts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George F. Morris on April 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
This whole book is merely a regurgitation of the box scores from 1964. The problem with the book, however, is the atrocious grammar and spelling. One could save his/her money and purchase the baseball almanac.
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Format: Paperback
It appears that the publishing of this book was done using a spell checker in the place of editing. This book should have been much better and would have been if the multitude of misspellings, grammar errors, and even some factual errors had been eliminated.

The most glaring factual error is the assertion that Vada Pinson's family moved to South Carolina, "where he grew up and went to the same high school as Frank Robinson and Curt Flood". Those three went to the same high school, true, but it was McClymonds in Oakland, California. The author was only 3000 miles or so off. There are others but none leap out as much as that one does.

The spelling errors, typographical errors, and borderline factual errors are so common as to appear almost as often as at least once per page. Some are borderline as to which category they belong. The 1964 season is mentioned as being a chance for the Phillies to have "their first National League title since 1959". The correct date is 1950. There is an instance of the wrong manager-player combination, Gene Mauch (Phillies) sending Cap Peterson (Giants) up to pinch hit.

The most consistent thing about the spelling errors is that they are inconsistent. Jim Fregosi is mentioned several times regarding the 1964 All-Star Game, unfortunately he is mentioned as Fergosi. Donn Clendenon is referred to as Don and as Donn. Frank Lary is either Lary or Larry. It happens so often that I became somewhat desensitized to the shoddy quality.

Mr. Cook did some research, as can be judged from the notes and bibliography. I didn't see any reference to interviews with former players, coaches, fans, etc.
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