Electric October: Seven World Series Games, Six Lives, Five Minutes of Fame That Lasted Forever

Holt. Aug. 2017. 304p. notes. index. ISBN 9781250116567. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781250116574. SPORTS
Cook (Tommy's Honor) revisits the 1947 matchup between the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers, telling stories of lesser-known players and managers. Most baseball fans know Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, or Branch Rickey, Hall of Famers who left indelible marks on the game. However, not many are familiar with Bucky Harris, Al Gionfriddo, or Cookie Lavagetto. Their names may have faded in time, but their impact on the 1947 World Series is as permanent as their Hall of Fame colleagues. This book is a reminder that many quality players are lost to history, and their stories are often as intriguing as the legends they played with. Cook does an excellent job of weaving articles and interviews from that time with modern sabermetrics and perspectives to make athletes and moments more relatable to fans of the current game.
VERDICT Focusing on lesser-known players is one of the endearing qualities of this book; as a result, it may appeal more to die-hard fans than casual dabblers. Appropriate for both adult and young adult readers.
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