Shadows of Glory: Memorable and Offbeat World Series Stories

Lyons: Globe Pequot. Apr. 2024. 256p. ISBN 9781493081295. pap. $26.95. SPORTS
Baseball fans look forward to MLB World Series games each year, and many will remember the most newsworthy events and history makers from those competitions. In this book, Brown (coauthor, Drinking Coffee with a Fork) and avid baseball fan Rodimer treat readers to 18 lesser-known stories from the World Series’ 120 years of history. For example, readers are informed of the largely forgotten but heroic players who brought the New York Mets their first World Series championship in 1969, and those who earned the Cubs’ World Series win in 2016 (the franchise’s first since 1908). Brown and Rodimer also mention a pitcher who lost a game that had been a no-hitter right up until the last batter of the final inning. However, some of the moments and topics covered in the book are more well-known and could even be said to have changed Major League Baseball forever, such as Babe Ruth’s trade from the Red Sox to the Yankees, the Negro League World Series’ influence on the creation of MLB’s current World Series format, and the significant impact that racism has had on the sport.
VERDICT A baseball fan’s delight that will add insight and meaning to readers’ knowledge of the game. This engaging book may even bring the thrill of baseball to casual fans.
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