Monday, October 5, 2020

Review of "Greatest World Series Thrillers," by Ray Robinson

 Review of

Greatest World Series Thrillers, by Ray Robinson

Four out of five stars

 This book was published in 1965, so the World Series events to be selected from ends there. When selecting the greatest moments in World Series history, there is a great deal of personal taste in the decisions. In choosing twelve games to highlight, Robinson selects the four most obvious, when Babe Ruth “called” his shot, the catch made by Willie Mays in the 1954 series, the home run by Bill Mazeroski that won the 1960 series for the Pirates and the obvious choice for the best of all time, the perfect game in 1956 by Don Larsen. All were moments of great drama, never to be forgotten.

 The writing is a bit juvenile and overstated, even for adolescent sports fiction. For example, when describing the actions of Pepper Martin in the 1931 series, there are the two sentences, “No human being can halt a locomotive on the loose. And that’s what Pepper was that afternoon.” Yet, it is an interesting and exciting look back at some of the greatest moments in baseball history. I have watched the video of the catch by Mays and the home run by Mazeroski many times.

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