Almost Perfect

Steve Stefano and Andy Olcese

Pages: 274, perfect bound
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 978-1-59715-102-3

The Philadelphia Phillies played red-hot baseball for most of the ’64 campaign until everything went up in smoke during the final two weeks of the regular season when Philadelphia baseball fans suffered in agony as loss after loss killed what could have been a glorious season. Told through the eyes of two cousins who were nine-year-old die-hard Phillies fans, “Almost Perfect” not only memorializes the performances, statistics, and events of that heartbreaking season, but also provides color through the personal stories of two impressionable young fans. On the 50th anniversary of the Phillies’ epic collapse, Almost Perfect captures the reader’s memory or imagination of what it was like to live through a baseball season that began so strongly that World Series tickets were printed by the Phillies organization but ended with a fall from grace unprecedented in the history of Major League Baseball.