Electric October: Seven World Series Games, Six Lives, Five Minutes of Fame That Lasted Forever

ELECTRIC OCTOBER                              KEVIN COOK

The 1947 World Series was "the most exciting ever" in the words of Joe DiMaggio, with a decade's worth of drama packed into seven games between the mighty New York Yankees and underdog Brooklyn Dodgers. It was Jackie Robinson's first Series, a postwar spectacle featuring Frank Sinatra, Ernest Hemingway and President Harry Truman in supporting roles. It was also the first televised World Series - sportswriters called it "Electric October."

But for all the star power on display, the outcome hinged on role players: Bill Bevens, a journeyman who knocked on the door of pitching immortality; Al Gionfriddo and Cookie Lavagetto, bench players at the center of the Series' iconic moments; Snuffy Stirnweiss, a wartime batting champion who never got any respect; and managers Bucky Harris and Burt Shotton, each an unlikely choice to run his team. Six men found themselves plucked from obscurity to shine on the sport's greatest stage. But their fame was fleeting; three would never play another big-league game, and all six would be forgotten.


This is the story of the 1947 World Series. It is the first to be shown on TV and it is also the biggest one for its time being so close to the end of World War II. You also have the New York Yankees with Joe DiMaggio and for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson would be playing in his first World Series. The two managers for each team were not expected to have even been managing their clubs let alone be in the World Series. You get the story of how for some players they would go on to continue to play after and for some this is their last game. How the players that people didn’t really know came up with either the biggest hit or biggest play. Even the celebrities in the stands would make for a good story by themselves. A good story and one every baseball fan should read. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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