The Best Game Ever (Paperback)

Pirates vs. Yankees, October 13, 1960

By Jim Reisler

Da Capo Press, 9780306817557, 336pp.

Publication Date: February 3, 2009

List Price: 17.99*
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October 13, 1960: the hardscrabble Pirates were a colorful bunch of overachievers led by Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazeroski, making the franchise's first World Series appearance in thirty-five years against a heavily favored Yankee squad featuring such legends as Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Roger Maris. The Pirates were outscored 46–16 through the first six games—only to win, 10–9, when Mazeroski became the only player ever to decide aWorld Series Game 7 with a walk-off home run.

With this “captivating book” (New York Times), Reisler revisits this fall classic pitch by pitch, capturing the lively atmosphere within the ballpark and throughout the country. The result is the feeling of being there—from the seemingly predictable start, to the truly unbelievable finish—of the best game ever.

About the Author

Jim Reisler's writing has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, and the New York Times. He's written six books on baseball and lives with his wife and daughter in Irvington, New York.

Praise For The Best Game Ever: Pirates vs. Yankees, October 13, 1960

Shelf Awareness’s “Top Ten of 2009,” 12/15/2009
“Anyone with some interest in baseball can appreciate this artfully done book.”