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Game 162 revisited in book: Baseball's Starry Night



Paul Kocak was one of many baseball fans who felt the Game 162 events of Sept. 28, 2011, were worthy of a book.

The difference is that he wrote one, Baseball’s Starry Night, available soon through and other e-book outlets. 

Kocak’s 182-page work is written mostly from the perspective of fans of all four involved teams, including a rich chapter about a handful of Rays loyalists. He does the same with Cardinals, Braves and Red Sox fans. “It’s kind of the working man’s book,’’ Kocak said.

He admits he didn’t first plan to write it that way, but changed directions when he read a similar account in the St. Petersburg Times and contacted fans through Twitter and heard their personal tales.

“I was almost moved to tears,’’ he said. “This tells so many different stories.’’

Major publishers passed on the project, but Kocak said he pressed forward. The price for the e-book version will be either $3.99 or $4.99, a paperback version about $14. He also has a website,

Here is what he says about the Rays in the foreward:

Let’s face it, they and their fans are the emotional heroes of our story. Not just because of timing and not just because the Rays and their fans were Act V in a Shakespearean comedy (tragedy, for Red Sox Nation). You can’t make up what they did! It’s like Sonny Liston coming up off the
mat and knocking out Cassius Clay! With manager Joe Maddon making magical moves that defied what “the book” called for, he became the Duke of Wellington in Belgium in June of 1815. His flexibility, his looseness, and his intuition – above all, his belief in his men – paid off. Just as the Battle of Waterloo remains etched in history as the downfall of Napoleon, so the Rays victory on this starry night will always stand as one of the great comebacks, with the combatants in this case going by names like Evan Longoria and Dan Johnson.



[Last modified: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:40am]


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