The World Series


Moments of glory from a century of Octobers.




Game Six: Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series: The Triumph of America's Pastime

By Mark Frost


Game six of the 1975 World Series between the Reds and the Red Sox: it's been called the greatest baseball game ever played. An extra-innings thriller starring two teams replete with fascinating characters, it featured almost unbelievable on-field heroics. Frost digs into the background but also re-creates the game moment by moment. The result: a compelling trip through the historical, cultural, and personal significance of one amazing night in baseball history.





The World Series: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Fall Classic

By Josh Leventhal


Every historic matchup in World Series history -- through 2008 -- gets a revealing, detailed treatment in Leventhal's image-laden book. Stuffed with anecdotes, trivia, and every stat on every player involved with the major league championship, the book doesn't miss any opportunity to showcase the tension, excitement, and exhilaration of baseball in October.




October 1964

By David Halberstam


The opposing dugouts in the 1964 World Series - the lily-white, corporate, overpowering Yankees and the unconventional, fast-moving St. Louis Cardinals (including four very talented black players) - perfectly represented an America undergoing a profound cultural shift. The author of The Best and the Brightest and The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship painstakingly chronicles this moment of change in the game and the nation.





Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series

By Eliot Asinof


Gambling and baseball make an infamously potent combination. Eliot Asinof gives the subject a close and compelling study in this chronicle of the gamblers, owners, and players (both crafty and clueless) involved in baseball's most shattering scandal: the throwing of the 1919 World Series by the heavily favored Chicago White Sox.




The Best Game Ever: Pirates vs. Yankees: October 13, 1960

By Jim Reisler


Even though you know Pittsburgh's Bill Mazeroski will eventually take this Series from the Yankees with a seventh-game, bottom-of-the-ninth homer, Reisler slowly builds an unshakeable tension, taking the reader through the matchup inning by inning, and providing the compelling backstory of every character involved, from the All Stars on the field to the kids in the stands cutting school.



April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.