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The Seventh Game : The 35 World Series That Have Gone the Distance Paperback – February 20, 2004

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An around-the-bases tour of the amazing stories behind the thirty-five seventh games of baseball's World Series

From 1909's marquee match-up between Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner to 2002's "Giant disappointment" between Anaheim and hapless San Francisco, each of baseball's thrilling "game sevens" comes alive in The Seventh Game--a unique collection of compelling stories, stats, and in-depth analyses of the plays, the teams, and the men who made those thirty-five games unforgettable.

With passion for the sport, author and consummate baseball fan Barry Levenson takes you back to the baseball drama of each fall, to the hallowed diamonds of the great stadiums, when the fields were filled with jubilation and despair and the game had nothing more to give. Relive the excitement when:

  • Babe Ruth stuns the baseball world by getting caught stealing to end the 1926 Series
  • Enos Slaughter scores the winning run in the eighth inning to propel the Cardinals over the Red Sox in 1946, leaving Boston fans still wondering if shortstop Johnny Pesky hesitated in throwing home
  • Pirate second baseman Bill Mazeroski hits the only walk-off home run in seventh-game history, ending the 1960 World Series with a bang still heard in Pittsburgh
  • The best reliever in post-season history, New York's Mariano Rivera, blows the save to give the upstart Arizona Diamondbacks an improbable come-from-behind win in 2001

These and many more of the seventh game's greatest moments are revisited and reconstructed in this rich meditation on the seventh wonders of the baseball world.

Visit the book's companion website: www.theseventhgame.com.

About the Author

Barry Levenson is a Massachusetts native who grew up living and dying for the Red Sox. A former assistant attorney general for the state of Wisconsin, he is the founder and curator of the Mount Horeb Mustard Museum. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (February 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071412719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071412711
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,183,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)
March 21, 2004
Baseball book a home run
Author: Phil O'Neill
Section: SPORTS, Page: D1
Barry Levenson, a Worcester native and lifelong Red Sox fan, has researched and written a splendid baseball volume that is chock full of nuggets about the National Pastime and bound to be a popular seller.
``The Seventh Game: The 35 World Series That Have Gone the Distance,'' which is just now reaching bookstores, is a clever approach chronicling full-length Fall Classics, from the 1909 marquee matchup of Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner right down to Anaheim's surprising victory over hard-luck San Francisco in 2002.
Highlights -- or lowlights, if you will -- include famous Red Sox failures in 1946, 1967, 1975 and 1986, along with what Levenson calls Boston's improbable seventh-game triumph in 1912 over Christy Mathewson and John McGraw's suddenly inept New York Giants.
The 340-page soft-cover book, which is published by McGraw Hill and sells for $16.95, is dedicated to his father, Jim Levenson.
``The Seventh Game'' includes an in-depth analysis of the 35 World Series, line scores of the final game, a quiz on seventh-game knowledge, a 1-to-35 ranking of the best-to-worst seventh games, computer replays of the games and a foreword by New York Yankee pitcher Ralph Terry, who gave up Bill Mazeroski's game-ending home run in the 1960 seventh game and then hurled a 1-0 shutout in the 1962 Series finale.
``The seventh game is baseball's ultimate treat,'' Levenson said in a telephone interview. ``It only happens about once every three years. It's the ultimate game of `no tomorrow.' To me, it seems like the culmination of everything going on in America.''
A nice touch is the way Levenson sets the scene for each of his 35 chapters.
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As a 50-year baseball fan, and a long-time fan of the NY Yankees, frequent World Series participants, I eagerly anticipated reading Levenson's "The Seventh Game." As has been the case with so many of the NFL's Super Bowls, several seventh games have fallen short of expectations; others, though, have been the perfect culmination of the marathon baseball season.

Unfortunately, Mr. Levenson's accounts DO NOT RECREATE THE DRAMA of those games. Three things are missing. While I don't know the author's age, it is obvious he has not witnessed--either in person, on TV or the radio--many of these games, for he fails to display the excitement, anxiety, or deflation a real fan would have experienced (for example, during the back-and-forth 1960 finale between the Pirates and Yanks). Further, he offers few, if any, statistics that could have "set the stage" for dramatic pitcher-batter confrontations (reference to previous at bats involving same pitcher and batter or performances in similar situations). Finally, he hasn't done the research to include comments from participants that would have reflected how they were feeling at these critical moments in their career. Consequently, I found even "the fabulous fifteen" drab and dry.

Moreover, the description offered by Amazon promised "box scores of every seventh game." Sorry, but there is a huge difference between line scores (providing inning-by-inning team run production)and box scores (providing offensive and pitching statistics for all individuals who played in the game). In fact, line scores are redundantly offered in TWO places in this book (each year and appendix) while box scores are offered NOWHERE! Since this was something I looked for specifically, its omission was a major source of my disappointment.
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"The Seventh Game" is a virtual encyclopedia of the World Series from 1909-2002. It covers all 35 of the Fall Classics that lasted the full 7 games-accompanied by historical anecdotes from each year. Everything is here: TSG begins with what may be the strongest introduction to any book this reviewer has read: Its' writer is none other than former Yankee pitcher Ralph Terry, the losing 7th game pitcher in the '60 WS and the winning hurler in '62. There is a wonderful 50-question quiz on 7th game trivia. 2 samples: 1) Who are the only brothers to hit home runs for opposite teams in a 7th game and 2) Who is the only pitcher to hurl a 7th game shutout, yet have a losing career record? The answers appear at the end of this review. There follows a detailed report on the featured 35 series. This observer believes that author Levenson may have missed a few facts but given the volume covered, some mistakes are inevitable. This reviewer can't resist poking some fun at the author; more detail below! There is also a ranking of the 35 series- wait till readers discover #1. Levenson also provides a computer resimulation of all 35 series-with the Mets WINNING in 1973! ( "You Gotta Believe!", as the late Tug McGraw said). There is lots of analysis by pitching, by defense and by offense. Any reader retaining a third of the material contained in TSG will be a certified expert! It is indeed all here! This piece stated above that mistakes are inevitable given the scope of TSG. With that in mind, this reviewer points no fingers. But in the open-minded spirit of those computer resimulations, here are some simulated questions/comments for the author over a simulated friendly beer or three: 1) 1909: It's not baseball but are you sure the song "Casey Jones" was recorded in the year of his death?Read more ›
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