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Baseball's Starry Night: Reliving Major League Baseball's 2011 Wild Card Night of Shock and Awe Paperback – March 26, 2012

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Digitature (March 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615622305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615622309
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,102,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The concept for the book is great. It is a recount of the night's baseball action and events as described by fans via interviews, email exchanges, social media posts, etc, that the author garnered from the fans during the days, months, and years, after the events took place. The importance of the events of that night to those recounting those events makes the reader feel that being a baseball fan is not only a shared experience, but a personal experience very special to each fan. In essence, being a baseball fan is good. The events and accounts of the games are repeated from various perspectives singularly and in parallel to one another. The reader, even the casual fan who may not be familiar with, or only vaguely familiar with the night in question, gains an understanding of what took place. It's pretty cool. One negative about the book resulting from the format is that the story line, at times, seems a bit disjointed and is only as interesting as the fans description of the events. As a result, for me, it was kind of a slow read. In addition, one or two of the four games examined that took place that night seem to be covered more thoroughly than the others as a result of the details provided by the fans retelling the events of that game. The games and the events that are covered thoroughly and described well make the book worthwhile.
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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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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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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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I loved this book and would recommend it for anyone who loves baseball. It chronicles the dramatic end to the final games of the 2011 season which was full of amazing results. As a Rays fan who was present at that final game,it was the most amazing game in the history of baseball. The other three games played that night also produced surprising results. A great documentation of this amazing night in baseball history.
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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. Kocak's approach is mix eye-witness accounts with perfect literary asides. If you like baseball and someday will want to tell kids about the wild finish, buy this book as the refresher of what went on.
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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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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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