Jack Sanford: From Blightville to the Big Leagues

Jack Sanford: From Blightville to the Big Leagues


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“Not in my wildest boyhood dreams did I ever envision that a World Series would come along and I’d be the seventh game pitcher.”

Despite all odds, and a grueling nine-year stint in the minors that would dash most any other ballplayer’s hope of reaching the major leagues, Jack Sanford found himself starring in the dramatic 1962 World Series, which pitted the San Francisco Giants against the mighty New York Yankees. This is the story of Jack’s turbulent journey from a working-class childhood in Wellesley, Massachusetts, to baseball’s ultimate stage; it is the story of perseverance in the face of continual discouragement; and it is the story of one boy’s greatest dream turning, in an instant, into the unshakable nightmare that would haunt him the rest of his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988230071
Publisher: 3 Swallys Press
Publication date: 10/23/2016
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 801,623
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Jim Hawkins' award-winning career covering Major League Baseball has spanned half a century. He has written eight books, including biographies of Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline, Jack Sanford's Massachusetts hunting buddy Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, and ex-convict Ron LeFlore.

In 2013, he was nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame's J.G. Taylor Spink Award, the highest honor that a baseball writer can receive. He is a member of Athletic and Academic Hall of Fame in his hometown of Superior, Wisconsin.

Although baseball is his specialty, he has also covered golf, including ten Masters tournaments and three Ryder Cups, football, including three Super Bowls, and auto racing, focusing on the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500.

During the course of his career, he has personally known dozens of Jack Sanford's former teammates and managers. A Giants fan at the time, Hawkins shared a bit of Jack's pain as he watched the fateful seventh game of the 1962 World Series in the student union at the University of Wisconsin.

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