Monday, August 18, 2014

Short review of "October 1964"

This review is much shorter than my usual review, but frankly there isn't much more that can be said about this classic baseball book that hasn't already been said by professional reviewers.  So, I just wanted to share my thoughts on this excellent book by David Halberstam:


While David Halberstam is more noted for other books, his baseball books are among the best and October 1964 is no exception.  This book chronicles the two participants in that year's World Series, the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals.  But despot the title, it's not just about those seven games in October but about the entire season.  Halberstam crafts some great tales about players from both teams - I especially liked the selections on Roger Maris of the Yankees and Bob Gibson of the Cardinals.  He wrote a wonderful anecdote on the Philadelphia Phillies epic collapse that season that allowed the Cardinals to win the National League pennant.  A great boom that any baseball fan who enjoys reading about that time will like.

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