Apt to picking up a good baseball-related book this time of year, we came upon “Glory In The Fall: The Greatest Moments in World Series History” (linked here), edited by Peter Golenbock (Union Square Press, $22.95, 420 pages).
There’s a piece by the L.A. Times’ Jim Murray from Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, and another by Sports Illustrated’s Peter Gammons, about Orel Hershiser’s contribution to that Dodgers’ championship.
A piece from the L.A. Daily News’ Steve Dilbeck after Game 6 of the 2002 World Series — Scott Spezio’s game-winning homer to bring the Angels back and vault them to the title the next night.
Yet, in reading the introduction by Golenbock, a well-respected, prolific author (linked here), we found ourselves gently returning the book to the shelf.
As Golenbock lists “off the top of my head, if you asked me which are the greatest World Series moments,” he includes Don Larsen’s perfect game, Willie Mays’ catch, the home runs by Carlton Fisk, Joe Carter, Bill Mazerowski …
“And the Tampa Bay Rays playing in the 2008 World Series. I know. Kirk Gibson’s home run off Mitch Williams is far more important, but if you had been a Rays fan as long as I had, you’d understand.”
Hmmmm. Where do we start …