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Heartbreakers : Baseball's Most Agonizing Defeats - John Kuenster


Baseball's Most Agonizing Defeats

Paperback Published: 28th January 2002
ISBN: 9781566634120
Number Of Pages: 288

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It's the winners we remember in baseball's most dramatic episodes. Bobby Thomson homers into the left-field stands in the ninth inning to beat Brooklyn and give the Giants the 1951 National League pennant. In the 1960 World Series, Bill Mazeroski's ninth-inning home run for Pittsburg defeats the powerful Yankees. The Mets come from far back in 1969 to win the pennant and the World Series.
But baseball being a game of inches, it's often a fine line between victory and defeat. Losing is unexpected, unpredictable, frequently a consequence of fickle fate: the slider that wasn't far enough outside; the missed tag at home plate; the line drive that sliced just foul.
In Heartbreakers, a veteran baseball writer John Kuenster recalls fifteen of the game's most painful "disasters" of the last half-century and looks at them from the loser's point of view. With a reporter's skill and a fan's enthusiasm, he sets the scene for these memorable matchups, surveys the players who led each team to the big moment, and tells the story of the game and the emotions that can't be erased, even decades later. He has interviewed key players and managers who suffered the defeats, providing personal insights and sometimes surprising details on the game action that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

This book tells the real story of why sports are so great.--Sparky Anderson

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
1951: Dodgers Crushed by the "Shot Heard 'Round the World"p. 9
1960: The Yankees Walk the Plank in Pittsburghp. 29
1962: A Line Drive Spells the End of the Giantsp. 43
1965: Koufax Throws Strikes in Taming the Twinsp. 57
1969: Mets Deflate the Cubs' Pennant Hopesp. 72
1972: A Wild Pitch Sinks the Piratesp. 89
1975: Red Sox Edged by the Reds in a Memorable Classicp. 103
1977: Royals Flushed by the Yankeesp. 120
1978: Bucky "Dents" the Red Sox with a Borrowed Batp. 137
1984: Cubs' Lofty Intentions Are Grounded by the Padresp. 153
1986: Angels' Wings Are Clipped by the Red Soxp. 172
1986: Astros Fall to the Mets in a 16-Inning Marathonp. 190
1986: Red Sox Denied a World Series Title Once Morep. 208
1992: Pennant Eludes the Pirates for the Third Straight Yearp. 227
1997: The Indians Are Ambushed by the Marlins in Extra Inningsp. 245
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9781566634120
ISBN-10: 1566634121
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 28th January 2002
Publisher: IVAN R DEE INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.37  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.39

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