The First Fall Classic: The Red Sox, the Giants, and the Cast of Players, Pugs, and Politicos Who Reinvented the World Series in 1912 (Paperback)
In this wonderful page-turner, veteran sports journalist Mike Vaccaro brings to life a bygone era in cinematic and intimate detail—and re-creates the magic and suspense of the world’s first classic series.
Despite a major presidential election, the near-assassination of Teddy Roosevelt, and the most sensational trial of the young century, baseball dominated front-page headlines in October 1912. The Boston Red Sox and the New York Giants of that year—two of the finest ball clubs that had ever been assembled—went head-to-head in a thrilling eight-game battle that ultimately elevated the World Series from a regional October novelty to a national obsession.
About the Author
Mike Vaccaro is an award-winning sports writer who has been the lead sports columnist for the New York Post since 2002, where his "Open Mike" and "Vac's Whacks" pieces are regular Sunday features. He has reported from four Olympics, 12 World Series, 10 Super Bowls, eight Final Four tournaments, and five U.S. Opens. He is the author of 1941: The Greatest Year in Sports; Emperors and Idiots: The Hundred Year Rivalry Between the Yankees and Red Sox, From the Very Beginning to the End of the Curse; and The First Fall Classic: The Red Sox, the Giants and the Cast of Players, Pugs and Politicos Who Re-Invented the World Series in 1912. He lives in North Jersey.
“You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried. It was that kind of World Series, and its story is very well told.”
“A smart, lively account of the series that goes beyond the games themselves.”
—The Washington Post
“A gripping drama, especially during the final game, which makes the reader want to flip ahead just to end the suspense and see who won.”
—New York Post
“Persuasive. . . . Vaccaro’s mastery of the facts allows him to evoke a bygone world.” —The Wall Street Journal
“A marvelous book. . . . In recapturing this bygone era, Vaccaro shows us a baseball world in which gamblers were as ubiquitous as ‘at-bat introduction songs’ are today.”
“It’s no small feat to re-create a sports event when all the participants and observers are no longer with it. But Vaccaro pulled it off. . . . It was a different time, one that Vaccaro does a splendid job of bringing to life. This book is a treasure for any baseball fan.”
“Nearly a century later, Mike Vaccaro has brilliantly portrayed a pivotal period in baseball history and how the game reflected the times in American Society in The First Fall Classic. Readers will thoroughly enjoy this fascinating look at the 1912 World Series and baseball’s transformation into our national pastime. I enjoyed the book so much I didn’t want it to end.”
—Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig
“A truly compelling read.”
—New York Daily News
“Whether the 1912 World Series was the best of all time is debatable, though, as Vaccaro writes, a case can surely be made that it is. But its importance and excitement cannot be denied. The personalities and style of the game may have changed, but few events can rivet the sporting world like a back-and-forth World Series.”
“Highly recommended. . . . As always, Vaccaro has exhaustively researched his subjects. . . . The book is the third for [him], and it meets the high standards of his first two excellent books.”
—Lowell Sun (Massachusetts)
“Informative yet entertaining, Vaccaro’s extraordinary baseball chronicle renders the early days of our national pastime in all its grit and glory.”