The World Series' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Championship Teams, Broken Dreams, and October Oddities

The World Series' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Championship Teams, Broken Dreams, and October Oddities

by John Snyder


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781574887280
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 02/27/2004
Series: Most Wanted
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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
In The Beginning: Tales from the first World Series
The Bambino, and Other Curses: Teams that haven’t won a title in decades
A Plaque in Cooperstown, But No Ring: Hall-of-famers who never won a World Series ring
Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Six outs or fewer from a title—and lost
So Close, Yet So Far: They won three but couldn’t win the fourth
Loser Takes Nothing: Game seven heartbreaks
Say It Ain’t So, Joe: The black sox controversy
Controversies: More World Series scandals
Are You Blind?: Questionable calls by the men in blue
Men and Women Behaving Badly: Outlandish actions by players and fans
Butchery, Bobbles, and Boots: Embarrassing errors in the field
Want to Get Away?: Mistakes and boneheaded blunders
Brain Cramps: Mental gaffes
Perfection and Near Perfection: Top World Series pitching performances
Rack ‘Em Up: Top World Series strikeout performances
Winning Three: Pitchers who won three games in a single series
Surprise Packages: Bad pitchers who pitched a great game
Losers in A Duel: Pitchers on the wrong end of a 1-0 score
If I Didn’t Have Bad Luck, I Wouldn’t Have Any Luck At All: More pitching heartbreakers
Mound Misadventures: Records they’d rather not have
Not Again!: Pitchers who gave up back-to-back homers
Helping His Own Cause: Home runs hit by pitchers
Surprising Power: World Series homers from unlikely sources
Stepping Up when it Matters Most: Big-time play from little-known players
Starting With A Bank: Leadoff home runs
There’s Only One Chance to Make A First Impression: A home run in their first World Series at-bat
A Pinch of Homers: Punch-hit homers
Sweeping the Bases: Grand slams in World Series history
Back-to-Back: Home runs in two straight at-bats
Going Deep: Two homers in one game
Sweet Strokes: Batting records in World Series play
Hitting ‘Em Where They Are: 10 lowest career World Series batting averages
No-Hitters: Players who went hitless in an entire series
Stop, Thief!: Stealing home plate
The Man-Eating Tarp: Bizarre and unusual injuries
X-Rays of Dizzy’s Head Found Nothing: Star players on the DL
Put Me in, Coach, I’m Ready to Play: Backups who replaced an injured teammate and shined
DNP—Manager’s Decision: World Series benchwarmers
Have Ring, Will Travel: Playing in multiple series for multiple teams
Let Me See Some ID: Youngest World Series participants
Pitching Phonemes: Outstanding rookie pitchers
Fortysomethings: Oldest World Series participants
You Don’t Have to Play the Game: Managers who never played
Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Managers who played, but not well
Boy Wonders: Youngest managers in the World Series
Wise Sages: Oldest managers in the World Series
Nothing to It: Rookie managers who led their teams to the series
Get Out the Broom: World Series sweeps
Blowouts: Lopsided losses
Even the Browns and The Cubs: The World Series during World War II
Commanders in Chief: Presidential participation
As Seen on TV: Television trivia
Other Sports: Baseball wasn’t their only game
Hi! I’m Felipe. This Is My Brother Matty. And This Is My Other Brother Jesus.: Brothers who both saw World Series action
Once and Only Hitters: Unique hitting escapades
One and Only Pitchers: Unique pitching escapades
The Case of the Three-Year-Old Batboy: Odd occurrences
Cool Things That Didn’t Fit in Any Other List: More oddities from baseball’s championship
World Series Lasts: These will never happen again
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