If you love baseball at its best, you’ll love Lights Out!
Unforgettable Performances from Baseball’s Real Golden Age
Where were you when Jim Bunning, Sandy Koufax and Catfish Hunter pitched perfect games, and when Tom Seaver came within two outs of matching their perfection?
You’ll relive the exploits of some of the best hurlers to toe the pitching rubber … Marichal, Ford, Gibson, Chance and Drysdale.
You’ll be amazed by the accomplishments of some of the era’s most exciting hitters … Aaron, Cepeda, Mantle, Robinson, Banks, Yastrzemski, Colavito and (for one day) Art Shamsky.
Lights Out! brings back the best of the 1960s baseball … 378 pages re-creating 61 games that defined baseball’s real golden age … with performances that seem almost too legendary to have really happened …
But they did.
Where were you when …
A reserve Red Sox catcher hit a grand slam home run with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, and then hit the walk-off game-winning homer in the nightcap (page 76)
A 2-time MVP crashed the home run that changed baseball forever (page 90)
The first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in both leagues was pitch-perfect for his National League version … the first NL perfect game in the Twentieth Century (page 194)
An All-Star outfielder drove in an incredible 10 runs in one game … but accounted for less than half of his team’s run total that day (page 350)
A Hall of Fame pitcher tossed 16 scoreless innings – part of a streak of 40 scoreless innings during the season – in a game he couldn’t win (page 300)
A Hall of Fame hitter – maybe the greatest pure hitter ever – closed out his amazing career with a home run in his last at-bat (page 40)
A Yankee left-hander won his eighth game in the month of June … a total that still hasn’t been matched (page 84)
A reserve outfielder came off the bench to pinch hit in the eighth inning, and ended up hitting 3 home runs in the game (page 266)
An Angels right-hander pitched the first of six 1-0 shutouts … because he had to (page 182)
Four Braves sluggers blasted consecutive home runs – and the Braves hit 6 for the game – but Milwaukee still came up short on the scoreboard (page 68)
A Reds right-handed fireballer pitched a pair of 10-inning no-hitters … and only the second one counted (page 216)
A Cardinals third baseman hit for the cycle – in order – to out-shine the debut of the future Hall of Fame outfielder St. Louis had just acquired (page 188)
A pair of Orioles pitchers no-hit the Tigers … in a game the Tigers won anyway (page 280)
A little-known Astros outfielder left the last game of the season with a 1.000 career batting average … and never played again in the major leagues (page 162)
A veteran right-hander kept the Twins’ World Series hopes alive with his arm, his bat and his attitude (page 238)
The Mets closed out the 1960s with a miracle (page 372)
Their stories are here. Enjoy the memories.
Paperback edition: $18.99
Kindle edition: $7.99