Seven Games in ’62

The Yankees and Giants Square Off in a Classic World Series


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About the Book

After seven games and 13 days, the outcome of the 1962 World Series hung on the final pitch, thrown by a pitcher for the New York Yankees to a hitter for the San Francisco Giants. The teams had been evenly matched, alternating victories until the final, winner-take-all contest. One more out would give the Yankees the championship. A hit would almost certainly win the Giants their first Series title since moving to San Francisco. Despite its breathtaking climax, the ’62 Series has seldom been chronicled among the most dramatic Fall Classics. This book provides an unprecedented in-depth examination, describing in detail each game of the Series and the events that led up to it, including the Giants’ thrilling playoff with the Dodgers for the National League pennant. The author compares common game strategies used in the early 1960s vs. today and explores possible factors that made this Series historically underrated in the annals of baseball.

About the Author(s)

John Iamarino spent forty years working in collegiate athletics administration. He lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

John Iamarino
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 205
Bibliographic Info: 15 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8751-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4510-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction: Terry’s Choice 3
One. “Ain’t It Always So?” 7
Two. New Locale, Same Rivalry 20
Three. The Playoff: “This Was More Thrilling!” 35
Four. Game One: Boyer’s Redemption 49
Five. Game Two: “I Was So Scared” 56
Six. Game Three: Boos to Cheers for Maris 66
Seven. Game Four: Haller & Hiller 75
Eight. Game Five: Dad Couldn’t Stop Crying 87
Nine. The World Series on Hiatus 103
Ten. Game Six: Return of the Baby Bull 114
Eleven. Game Seven: High Drama at Candlestick 126
Twelve. Game Seven: The Aftermath 139
Thirteen. An Underrated Classic 146
Fourteen. Today’s Paid Attendance—413 153
Fifteen. Good, But Not Good Enough 160
Sixteen. A Yankees and Giants Who’s Who 169
Chapter Notes 177
Bibliography 191
Index 195