The Philadelphia Phillies played red-hot baseball for most of the '64 campaign until everything went up in smoke during the final two weeks of the regular season when Philadelphia baseball fans suffered in agony as loss after loss killed what could have been a glorious season. Told through the eyes of two cousins who were nine-year-old die-hard Phillies fans, "Almost Perfect" not only memorializes the performances, statistics, and events of that heartbreaking season, but also provides color through the personal stories of two impressionable young fans. On the 50th anniversary of the Phillies' epic collapse, "Almost Perfect" captures the reader's memory or imagination of what it was like to live through a baseball season that began so strongly that World Series tickets were printed by the Phillies organization but ended with a fall from grace unprecedented in the history of Major League Baseball.
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About the Author
Andy Olcese was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in the borough of Aldan, in Delaware County, where he was an avid fan of and participant in as many sports as possible. His first love, however, was always baseball and his favorite team the Phillies. Throughout this book, Andy will share his thoughts and feelings during the highs and lows associated with being a lifelong Phillie fan. For those of us old enough to remember, no season was more painful than the 1964 Phillies season.
Although Andy never played on a professional level, his knowledge of the game and its history is as keen as any experienced sports journalist. As a player in high school and in the amateur leagues of Delaware County, Andy did enjoy some moderate success on the field. His proudest accomplishment was his recognition by the Delaware County Hall of Fame as a member on the Delco Baseball League “Team of the Decade” during the 1970s.
After graduating from Lansdowne Aldan High School in 1972, he attended West Chester State College where he graduated with a B.S. in Education. Upon graduation in 1977, Andy taught Health Education at Mitchell Prep High School in Haverford Township, Pennsylvania, where he was also permitted to pursue his love of sports as the Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Football Coach. In 1980, Andy accepted a part-time position with The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. This position eventually led to a twenty-two year career working in the Circulation and Transportation departments. It also afforded Andy the opportunity to work within the city while keeping his finger on the pulse of the Philly sports scene.
Andy returned to his roots as an educator in Chester County, and resides in Exton, Pennsylvania, where he raised his three sons and lives with his loving wife of thirty-five years, Diane.
A 1977 graduate of St Joseph’s College, Steve Stefano
worked as a senior executive for GlaxoSmithkline, one of the world’s largest
pharmaceutical companies from 1993 until 2009. During that time, he held
several high-level commercial positions directing several GSK business units
while also running the Payer Markets Division.
Throughout Steve’s early childhood and well into his middle years, he was
a fervent and consistent fan of the Philly Sports Scene. His initial championship
attraction was in 1960 when the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Almost Accurate" might be a better title for this book about a season that, 50 years later, still captivates Philadelphia Phillies' fans. However this book, fraught with misspellings, mis-identifications,and factual errors distracts from the story and misses the mark. The authors claim to have put in three years of research, yet they refer to Detroit catcher Bill Freehan as Jim Freehan, White Sox manager Chuck Tanner as Dick Tanner, and Dodgers pitcher Ron Perranoski as Don Perranowski. On two occasions they indicate that Tommy Davis and Willie Davis of the Dodgers are brothers, when in fact the two players are in no way related to each other. In the description of the 1964 All-Star game they identify Cardinals shortstop Dick Groat as playing for the Pirates, and Cincinnati outfielder Frank Robinson as being a member of the Baltimore Orioles. They refer to Mickey Mantle as being part of the 1950 Yankees team that beat the Phillies in that year's World Series, when in fact Mantle was still in the minor leagues and didn't join the Yankees until the following season. Perhaps the most glaring omission is that they never mention the possibility of a never-before three-way tie for first place in the National League between the Phillies, Reds, and Cardinals, instead focusing only on a possible two-way tie between the Phillies and Cardinals, followed by a playoff game between the two teams. In fact, such a tie was mathematically impossible, as any tie for first place that involved the Phillies would, based on the won-lost records going into the final day of the season, would have also involved the Cincinnati Reds. And if the three-way tie had materialized, the Phillies first playoff game in the round-robin format would have been in Philadelphia against the Reds, not in St. Louis against the Cardinals as the authors state. The book, like the season and team it chronicles, in the end had too many errors and inconsistencies to bring home a championship, and like the 1964 season, and turned out to be a disappointment for this lifelong Phillies fan.