The next in a long line of vaunted Most Wanted™ books from Potomac. THE The World Series Most Wanted™ tells the tale of October glory and heartbreak, of heroes and goats, and of the thin line between success and failure on baseball’s grandest stage. With a hopping sixty top-ten lists of World Series trivia, you’ll find all the trivia from the fall classic you can ask for.
Everyone knows about the infamous Curse of the Bambino, but what other teams have been similarly cursed when it comes to winning the big one? Don Larsen’s perfect game is etched into baseball lore, but what other mound masterpieces has October provided? Red Sox fans will never forget the sight of that ground ball rolling between Bill Buckner’s legs, but what other teams have been six outs or fewer from popping champagne—and lost?
You’ll be introduced to players who came off the bench for an injured star and stole the spotlight. You’ll meet families who can compare rings over Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll find out who went oh-for-the-Series, who set records, who hit back-to-back homers, and who did things that were one-of-a-kind or just plain weird. The World Series Most Wanted™ is a grand slam of October fun.
About the Author
John Snyder has a master's degree in history from the University of Cincinnati and a passion for baseball. He has authored twelve books on baseball, soccer, football, hockey, tennis, and travel, including Day by Day in Cincinnati Reds History, which he co-authored with Floyd Conner. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Table of Contents
List of Photographs Introduction In The Beginning: Tales from the first World SeriesThe Bambino, and Other Curses: Teams that haven’t won a title in decadesA Plaque in Cooperstown, But No Ring: Hall-of-famers who never won a World Series ringSnatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Six outs or fewer from a titleand lostSo Close, Yet So Far: They won three but couldn’t win the fourthLoser Takes Nothing: Game seven heartbreaksSay It Ain’t So, Joe: The black sox controversyControversies: More World Series scandalsAre You Blind?: Questionable calls by the men in blueMen and Women Behaving Badly: Outlandish actions by players and fansButchery, Bobbles, and Boots: Embarrassing errors in the fieldWant to Get Away?: Mistakes and boneheaded blundersBrain Cramps: Mental gaffesPerfection and Near Perfection: Top World Series pitching performancesRack ‘Em Up: Top World Series strikeout performancesWinning Three: Pitchers who won three games in a single seriesSurprise Packages: Bad pitchers who pitched a great gameLosers in A Duel: Pitchers on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreIf I Didn’t Have Bad Luck, I Wouldn’t Have Any Luck At All: More pitching heartbreakersMound Misadventures: Records they’d rather not haveNot Again!: Pitchers who gave up back-to-back homersHelping His Own Cause: Home runs hit by pitchersSurprising Power: World Series homers from unlikely sourcesStepping Up when it Matters Most: Big-time play from little-known playersStarting With A Bank: Leadoff home runsThere’s Only One Chance to Make A First Impression: A home run in their first World Series at-batA Pinch of Homers: Punch-hit homersSweeping the Bases: Grand slams in World Series historyBack-to-Back: Home runs in two straight at-batsGoing Deep: Two homers in one gameSweet Strokes: Batting records in World Series playHitting ‘Em Where They Are: 10 lowest career World Series batting averagesNo-Hitters: Players who went hitless in an entire seriesStop, Thief!: Stealing home plateThe Man-Eating Tarp: Bizarre and unusual injuriesX-Rays of Dizzy’s Head Found Nothing: Star players on the DLPut Me in, Coach, I’m Ready to Play: Backups who replaced an injured teammate and shinedDNPManager’s Decision: World Series benchwarmersHave Ring, Will Travel: Playing in multiple series for multiple teamsLet Me See Some ID: Youngest World Series participantsPitching Phonemes: Outstanding rookie pitchersFortysomethings: Oldest World Series participantsYou Don’t Have to Play the Game: Managers who never playedDo as I Say, Not as I Do: Managers who played, but not wellBoy Wonders: Youngest managers in the World SeriesWise Sages: Oldest managers in the World SeriesNothing to It: Rookie managers who led their teams to the seriesGet Out the Broom: World Series sweepsBlowouts: Lopsided lossesEven the Browns and The Cubs: The World Series during World War IICommanders in Chief: Presidential participationAs Seen on TV: Television triviaOther Sports: Baseball wasn’t their only gameHi! I’m Felipe. This Is My Brother Matty. And This Is My Other Brother Jesus.: Brothers who both saw World Series actionOnce and Only Hitters: Unique hitting escapadesOne and Only Pitchers: Unique pitching escapadesThe Case of the Three-Year-Old Batboy: Odd occurrencesCool Things That Didn’t Fit in Any Other List: More oddities from baseball’s championshipWorld Series Lasts: These will never happen againBibliography Index About The Author
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