One Pitch Away: The Players' Stories of the 1986 League Championships and World Series

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Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the most exciting World Series in baseball history!

Gary Carter, Mookie Wilson, Bill Buckner, Doug DeCinces, and other players from the New York Mets, Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, and California Angels tell what really went on during the exciting games of the 1986 post-season. A delight as a hardcover, Sowell's account was praised by the New York Times Book Review as "an old-fashioned baseball book".

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Mike Sowell is former sports writer and the author of three baseball books, two of which were named New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He grew up in Houston, where he followed the Houston Colt .45s/Astros and attended the first league game played in the Astrodome on Opening Day 1965. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, Sowell served two years in the U.S. Army, where he was sports editor and then editor of the Berlin Observer, a community newspaper. Sowell was a newspaper sports writer in Texas before joining The Tulsa Tribune, where he was an award-winning sports columnist and sports editor before the paper's demise in 1992. His first book, The Pitch That Killed, was published in 1989 and was the winner of the CASEY Award for best baseball book of the year as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. July 2, 1903: The Mysterious Death of Hall of Famer Big Ed Delahanty was published in 1992, and One Pitch Away, also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, in 1995. Sowell also was the writer for Cardtoons, a series of baseball parody cards that poked fun at the greed and temperamental behavior of the players and owners in Major League Baseball. The cards were scheduled to be released in 1994, but instead became the focus of a lawsuit against the Major League Baseball Players' Association, which attempted to block their publication. Cardtoons eventually won the case based on its First Amendment right to parody. The cards were released in 1996, with Cardtoons v. The MLBPA becoming a significant media law case, still featured in several legal books and publications. Sowell later received a master's degree from Oklahoma State University and spent 15 years on the faculty at the university's School of Journalism & Broadcasting, later the School of Media & Strategic Communications. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2007. He now is retired and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife, Ellen, and his dog, Chappie.

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The 1986 baseball playoffs and World Series have been called the most exciting ever. Here Sowell (The Pitch That Killed) looks back at the triumphs and tragedies that followed that fateful post-season. In the Boston-California playoffs we see California manager Gene Mauch?"the greatest manager never to win a pennant"?one out away from victory, and still managing to lose. Donnie Moore?the relief pitcher who bore the brunt of the loss?was so depressed by the outcome that he killed himself. In the New York-Houston series, we witness pitcher Bob Knepper blowing two big leads; experience the fear that Mike Scott and his split-finger fastball instilled in the Mets; and feel the tension of game six?16 innings of perhaps the best baseball game ever played?finally going to the Mets. The Red Sox-Mets World Series had it all: comebacks, hero, goats. There is drama as Mookie Wilson squibbs the ball past a crippled Bill Buckner; we meet nervous relief pitcher Calvin Schiraldi, who lacks the confidence to get the big out; Pat Stapleton, Buckner's caddy, waiting for the call to defense that never came; and Ray Knight, goat-turned-hero, hitting the ball out of the park to win the Series for the Mets. A book that proves that baseball imitates life. Photos.
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