Series Endings:  ...A Whimsical Look at the Final Plays of Baseball's Fall Classic 1903-2003 PDF download by Thomas Porky McDonald

Series Endings: ...A Whimsical Look at the Final Plays of Baseball's Fall Classic 1903-2003

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Publication date: April 2004
ISBN: 9781418415211
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The World Series, from its inception in 1903, has spawned many memorable tales, myths and legends. As such, there have been numerous books written about the history of the Fall Classic, which is on the verge of entering into its second hundred years. In Series Endings, Thomas Porky McDonald offers up an alternate take on the October showcase that has truly become an American classic. The question of "Why?", as in "Why did this player make the last out of the World Series?" or "Why was another on the mound for the final out?" is broached herein. As the subtitle states, this is a whimsical look at the final plays of the Fall Classic. There are no concrete reasons given as to why Bill Mazeroski and Joe Carter are to date the only Major Leaguers to hit a Series ending home run, or as to why so many others have been less successful in the final moments of any particular Series. The idea that the final batter, pitcher or fielder being merely a matter of "luck of the draw" or "natural progression", a cop-out as much as a reality, depending on your outlook, is dismissed as too obvious in Series Endings. What is related here are a number of disparate instances in the lives of those who at one time or another found themselves involved in the ultimate play of the final game of the competitive baseball season. Whether anything before or after their moment in the spotlight had any bearing on that moment is for the reader to decide. McDonald merely lays out the situations, before, after and during, in a thought-provoking volume, which also summarizes each of the 99 World Series played from 1903 through 2003. Series Endings is a unique book that asks the casual observer, marginal fan or rabid "crank" to step back and consider the possibilities of life, using a century old institution as a backdrop.
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