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by Dan Shaughnessy

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Download One strike away: The story of the 1986 Red Sox epub
ISBN: 0825304261
ISBN13: 978-0825304262
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Author: Dan Shaughnessy
Language: English
Publisher: Beaufort Books; 1st edition (1987)
Pages: 261 pages
ePUB size: 1207 kb
FB2 size: 1210 kb
Rating: 4.7
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ONE STRIKE AWAY is about the 1986 Red Sox, who played in the World Series against the New York Mets.This was the World Series of Bill Buckner, and the ball that went through his legs to give the Mets Game 6. The Sox had led 5-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning, with two outs, no one on base, and two strikes on the batter. Thus, they were "one strike away" from the Championship. Then everything fell apart. I remember watching this game with my brothers and a friend, and the room went from absolute bedlam to silent sorrow in a few moments. After that Game, I just knew they would lose Game 7. And they did.

ONE STRIKE AWAY was published in 1987, and I wonder how many Red Sox fans were ready to read it then, when the wound was still fresh. It's taken me twenty-seven years to get around to it. The book obviously offers no modern perspective. The Sox have won three World Series in this century, and so they have exorcized the Curse of Babe Ruth. That makes it easier to look back at past failures.

I confess I believed in the Curse, especially after Game 6. Author Dan Shaughnessy pooh-poohs the idea, saying that it was a weak bullpen that cost the Sox the Series, and not some old curse.

ONE STRIKE AWAY seems to have been written in a hurry. There are many errors in editing, a few repetitions, and even some factual errors. These kept me from giving the book four stars. But I did enjoy reliving the season of 1986, and even the Series, parts of which I'd forgotten.
Author Dan Shaughnessy recreates the 1986 Red Sox season in which Boston stood one strike away from a World Series championship. Of course, a few days earlier they were one strike away from losing the playoffs to the California Angels, so perhaps turnabout was fair play. Whatever your view, Shaughnessy describes the team from spring training through a strong start, fun summer, and solid autumn. Along the way readers come to know young MVP Rogers Clemens (just 23 in 1986), Wade Boggs, Oil Can Boyd, Jim Rice, Dave Henderson, Rich Gedman, manager John McNamara, etc. Tragically, two of them lost family members during the season. Readers also learn about that commonly-held fear that the team would once again break New England hearts at season's end. Hadn't it happened before in 1946, 1948, 1949, 1967, 1974, 1975, and 1978? Clearly this wasn't the strongest of pennant winners; a weak bullpen, modest depth, and several injuries made Boston series underdogs against the New York Mets. But they had a great leadoff man (Boggs), decent power (Jim Rice, Don Baylor), and a Rocket (Clemens 24-4, 2.48 ERA) on the mound who hadn't lost a game until July (when he was 14-0). McNamara's questionable moves may have cost the team, but that infamous grounder to Bill Buckner didn't happen until after the Mets tied the score via a wild pitch.

This book may be easier for many fans to read since the Red Sox "reversed the curse" in 2004 and 2007. Oddly, their 86-year World Series title drought (1918-2004) was neither baseball's longest (Cubs since 1908) nor even longest in the American League - another AL team, the Chicago White Sox, went 88 seasons (1917-2005) between Series triumphs, something the media almost totally ignored. Still, this is a pleasing, entertaining look for baseball fans.