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The First Fall Classic: The Red Sox, the Giants, and the Cast of Players, Pugs, and Politicos Who Reinvented the World Series in 1912by Mike Vaccaro
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In anticipation of the one hundredth anniversary of Americaand#8217;s most beloved ballpark, the untold story of how Fenway Park was born and the remarkable first season ever played there For all that has been written in tribute to the great Fenway Park, no one has ever really told the behind-thescenes true story of its tumultuous yet glorious first year. Nineteen twelve was a leap year, the year theTitanicsank, but also the year baseballand#8217;s original shrine was "born." And while the paint was still drying, the infield grass still coming in, the Red Sox embarked on an unlikely season that would culminate in a World Series battle against the Giants that stands as one of the greatest ever played. Fenway 1912tells the incredible storyand#8212;and storiesand#8212;of Fenway, from the unorthodox blueprint that belies the parkand#8217;s notorious quirks, to the long winter when locals poured concrete and erected history, to the notorious fixers who then ruled the game, to the ragtag team who delivered a world championship, Fenwayand#8217;s first. Drawing on extensive new research, the esteemed baseball historian Glenn Stout delivers a rollicking tale of innovation, desperation, and perspiration, capturing Fenway as never before.
An acclaimed author presents a riveting, must-read account of what remains, nearly a century later, of the greatest World Series ever played--the 1912 pairing of the Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants.
In this wonderful page-turner, veteran sports journalist Mike Vaccaro brings to life a bygone era in cinematic and intimate detail—and re-creates the magic and suspense of the world’s first classic series.
Despite a major presidential election, the near-assassination of Teddy Roosevelt, and the most sensational trial of the young century, baseball dominated front-page headlines in October 1912. The Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants of that year—two of the finest ball clubs that had ever been assembled—went head-to-head in a thrilling eight-game battle that ultimately elevated the World Series from a regional October novelty to a national obsession.
About the Author
Mike Vaccaro is the lead sports columnist for the New York Post and the author of 1941: The Greatest Year in Sports and Emperors and Idiots. He has won more than fifty major journalism awards since 1989 and has been cited for distinguished writing by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the New York State Publishers Association, and the Poynter Institute. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, he lives in New Jersey.
Visit the author's website: www.mike-vaccaro.com
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