Kiss It Good-bye: The Mystery, the Mormon, and the Moral of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Kiss It Good-bye: The Mystery, the Mormon, and the Moral of the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates

by John Moody
     
 

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In 1960, an upstart Pittsburgh Pirates team beat the highly favored New York Yankees in the World Series. Given the power of a Yankee roster that included Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Yogi Berra, that improbable victory did more than give longsuffering Pirates fans something to cheer about; it put Pittsburgh on the map.
Though John Moody was only six years old

Overview

In 1960, an upstart Pittsburgh Pirates team beat the highly favored New York Yankees in the World Series. Given the power of a Yankee roster that included Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Yogi Berra, that improbable victory did more than give longsuffering Pirates fans something to cheer about; it put Pittsburgh on the map.
Though John Moody was only six years old during that magical baseball season, he was a devoted fan of the Pittsburgh team. The star pitcher for the Pirates and John's first hero was Vernon Law-an unsophisticated Idaho country boy, widely known as The Deacon, a friendly nickname derived from his strict Mormon upbringing.
Law was a relatively young man at the time and should have enjoyed several more seasons of fame and success, yet his career went into decline following that phenomenal Series. In this insightful book, John Moody explores a compelling mystery that has persisted now for nearly fifty years, revealing at last why Vernon Law was unable to continue his dominance of Major League batters. But the book is more than just another exposé. Recalling a distant time in American sports, Kiss It Good-bye contains a universal theme: a son's affection for his father and the bond that was forged between them because of their love of baseball. It is a book that will be welcomed by fathers, sons, and baseball fans of every age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606411490
Publisher:
Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date:
03/03/2010
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

After growing up in Pittsburgh, John Moody lived and worked in New York, Moscow, Paris, Bonn, Warsaw, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Rome, among other places. He helped start the Fox News Channel and now works for its parent company, News Corporation. He co-wrote The Priest Who Had to Die, and is the author of Moscow Magician, a novel, and Pope John Paul II, a biography. After all his world travels, he's still proud to come from Pittsburgh.

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