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Some would claim that nothing in baseball is as exciting as the season finale, with two teams tied for first playing a decisive series or game to see which one advances to the post-season championship. The author tells us that this has happened only eight times in the last 120 years, so these games are truly special. Parker, a writer and publications consultant, is especially adept at detailing such classics as the 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants match won by a dramatic home run. He ably uses interviews, box scores, and statistics to help set the scene. For informed baseball fans.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Writer and publications consultant Gary R. Parker lives in Palm Springs, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (December 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786410965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786410965
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,622,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
For a newcomer to the sport of baseball I was surpised to find that my first book on its history would be so enjoyable and compelling. One of the things I liked best about the book was its short story feel. You can pick it up, read a chapter chronicling one of the eight playoffs and feel like you've been there. Mr. Parker is a very good host on these journeys. For a subject inherent with repetitive action his descriptions of game play are not redundant but rather cleverly done. He takes you to the moment. I could almost hear the crack of the bat, the players' voices, the umpire's drone. His research was obvisouly extensive enough to allow him to find and use the most pertinent and colorful quotations. Just when you think you may be nearing a passage where stats might slow your read, he mixes in a quote or details previously known only to insiders.
Being new to the sport, I did not get lost in the crowd of players, managers, and owners that make up baseball. Although there is a myriad of changing chacters within each chapter, he easily manages to keep them clear in your mind with his facility of language and command of the subject.
Even though most readers know the outcome of these games and some readers know the times in which they ocurred, the author successfully presents a much deeper look at the people and the inside stories that surrounded these historic moments in baseball.
I'd recommend this book for anyone who likes knowing more about a different side of our American history, baseball, or colorful, inspirational and sometimes explosive characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paulla R. Weddle on February 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a female with very little knowledge of baseball, I found Mr. Parker's choice of describing 8 historical and pivotal sudden death games from 1946 to 1995 interesting and enlightening. Names, rivalries, ballparks and terms that I had vaguely heard about were brought sharply into focus with Mr. Parker's vivid descriptions, photos, cartoons and interviews. The author's obvious love of baseball shines through with his painstaking research and historical details. I highly recommend this book to anyone from the uninformed novice to those obsessed with the sport of baseball.
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By Edwin R. Johnson on July 19, 2013
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This book is well researched and brings to life the tension of some of the great pennant races of all time. I can always count on great reading from McFarland books.
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