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The summer of '64 : a pennant lost
Cook, William A., 1944-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2002]

Physical Description:
vii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Spring training -- Opening day -- An amazin' May -- A perfect June -- July, part one -- The 1964 all-star game -- July, part two -- Trials and tribulations of the dog days -- September collapse -- The final weekend.
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GV875.A3 C66 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The 1964 season, highlighted by two significant trades, a game-winning home run, and three no-hitters, was a dramatic one for the National League. But even more thrilling was that season's final week and the race for the pennant. All the drama of the 1964 National League season through the Cardinals' league championship is in this book. It covers Johnny Callison's All-Star game-winning home run, Duke Snider's trade from the New York Mets to the San Francisco Giants and Lou Brock's trade from the Cubs to the Cardinals, Reds manager Fred Hutchinson's battle with cancer (and his replacement, and death in November 1964), the controversial remarks made by Giants manager Alvin Dark about African American and Latin players on his own team, the no-hitters pitched by Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers, Jim Bunning of the Phillies, and Ken Johnson of the Colt .45s (later the Astros), the opening of Shea Stadium, and the demolition of the Polo Grounds. Special attention is given to the final weeks of the season when the Phillies collapsed with a six and a half game lead and twelve games to go, while battling it out with the Cardinals and the Reds.

Author Notes

William A. Cook, a health care administrator, lives in North Brunswick, New Jersey

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Booklist Review

The 1964 National League pennant race was one of the more memorable in baseball history. The surprising Philadelphia Phillies led by 6 1/2 games with just 10 to play, but a combination of injuries and panicky moves by manager Gene Mauch left the team one game behind the hard-charging St. Louis Cardinals when the season ended. It was a bitter loss for the Phillies, whose fans would have to wait almost 20 years before the team would reach the World Series. Cook, a baseball historian, re-creates the season from spring training through the final day, recounting not just the Philly fortunes but other events around the league: it was Pete Rose's rookie season, and it was the year the Chicago Cubs made the trade that shall live in infamy: future Hall-of-Famer Lou Brock to the Cardinals for journeyman Ernie Broglio. Cook captures the drama of the Phillies' record collapse in vivid prose that may almost be too painful for Philly fans to read. For Cardinal fans, though, the book is pure heaven, and for anyone who loves baseball history, it's good clean fun. --Wes Lukowsky

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
I. Spring Trainingp. 5
II. Opening Dayp. 20
III. An Amazin' Mayp. 44
IV. A Perfect Junep. 67
V. July, Part Onep. 103
VI. The 1964 All-Star Gamep. 113
VII. July, Part Twop. 126
VIII. Trials and Tribulations of the Dog Daysp. 147
IX. September Collapsep. 195
X. The Final Weekendp. 246
Notesp. 265
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 275