Explore World Series History as Never Told Before

Shadows of Glory

by Dave Brown & Jeff Rodimer

Foreword by Mark Teixeira

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About the Book

Paperback, 281 pages, 19 images

Also available in ebook format


For baseball lovers, nothing rivals the excitement and intensity of the World Series. In Shadows of Glory, Dave Brown and Jeff Rodimer recount 18 lesser-known but fascinating stories about the Fall Classic, that range from heartwarming and heartbreaking to amusing and outrageous.   

Get ready to read about:

  • The unheralded pitcher who carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning.
  • The umpire who received death threats after making a bad call at first base.
  • The key role that shoe polish played in the outcomes of two different Series.
  • The player who left the stadium mid-game to drive his pregnant wife to the hospital.

Shadows of Glory features memorable and offbeat stories about World Series spanning from 1918, when World War I, the Spanish Flu, and Babe Ruth intersected, to 2016 when the Chicago Cubs broke a century-long drought to capture the Series.

The history of the World Series is long, glorious, and nuanced, and baseball fans will be captivated by the stories brought back to life in Shadows of Glory.

What People Are Saying...

  • Playing in three World Series in the 1980s was a great honor. Shadows of Glory captures the excitement and intensity of what the Fall Classic is all about in a behind-the-scenes look at the games. A great read for any baseball fan!

    —Tom Herr

    Second baseman for the 1982 world champion St. Louis Cardinals, 1985 and 1987 Cardinals World Series teams, and member of Cardinals Hall of Fame.

  • Beating the Houston Astros in the National League playoffs and the Kansas City Royals in the World Series in 1980 was the high point of my major league career. If you’re an avid baseball fan, this is a must-read book – you will like reading this collection of interesting and unusual World Series stories.

    —Larry Bowa

    Shortstop for the 1980 world champion Philadelphia Phillies and member of the Phillies Wall of Fame.

  • There are a million ways to consume baseball these days. The real baseball fan, however, knows the medium is subordinate to the story – the human interaction that makes the sport so rich. That’s where Shadows of Glory excels. It delves deeper than the pixels and new-age numbers to explore baseball’s World Series history as never told before. Thanks to their old-school reporting and research, authors Dave Brown and Jeff Rodimer have created a must-read account of what really happened on and off the field, weaving through generations of anecdotes. It’s a celebration of baseball but most importantly, an education. You’ll have trouble putting this book down.

    —Bob Klapisch

    Baseball columnist for Newark Star-Ledger and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Inside the Empire: The True Power Behind the New York Yankees

  • I once played a game for the Texas Rangers while I was still on the roster of the New York Yankees so I know all about crazy and unusual baseball stories. Shadows of Glory is full of these kinds of stories from the World Series like the time the owner of the A’s tried to throw one of his own players off the team in the middle of the ’73 Series after he made a couple of errors. I don’t think even George Steinbrenner would have tried that!

    —Mickey Rivers

    Centerfielder for the 1977 and 1978 world champion New York Yankees and 1976 Yankees World Series team.

  • The World Series has been baseball’s greatest event for more than 100 years. I was fortunate enough to play for three straight World Series winners with the Swingin’ Oakland A’s. This entertaining book recounts some of the fascinating but lesser well-known World Series stories, which baseball fans of all ages should find enjoyable.

    —Sal Bando

    Third baseman and captain for the 1972, 1973, and 1974 world champion Oakland A’s, member of Athletics Hall of Fame.

  • The best baseball stories are tales that draw back the curtain of history and take you places you never expected to go. That’s the inspiration behind this fun, creative book by Dave Brown and Jeff Rodimer, and I’m all in on this project. From Cliff Lee’s emergency subway ride to a Game 1 World Series start to a pitcher who got arrested hours before he took the mound in a World Series, these are amazing stories that need to be told. I’m so glad that Dave and Jeff agree!

    —Jayson Stark

    Senior baseball writer, The Athletic, honored in Cooperstown by the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the winner of the 2019 BBWAA Career Excellence.

  • Shadows of Glory was an incredibly enjoyable and well-written collection of 18 stories that span across multiple World Series. I am a big baseball history fan, but they were almost all brand new to me, and the writers did an excellent job of providing context to each story with amazing detail. As someone who enjoys recounting obscure baseball knowledge, this book will add a few stories to my own repertoire. I would gladly pick up another volume of great, absorbing baseball tales from the authors.

    —Benjamin A.

    NetGalley Review, 4-Stars

  • Shadows of Glory is one of this year’s additions to the baseball library. It is a collection of 18 essays on the same number of World Series, chosen for their remarkable or unusual circumstances…Each essay has considerable context, tracing the road of the teams or individuals to the October spotlight…It is worthy of the attention of any baseball fan.

    —New York Journal of Books

Book Signing Events

Saturday, May 25th
12 - 2:30 PM
Exton, PA

Discussion and signing with Mickey Morandini from 12 - 1:30 PM

Barnes & Noble
301 Main St
Exton, PA 19341

Saturday, June 1st
11 - 1 PM
Wayne, PA

Main Point Books
116 N Wayne Ave

Wayne, PA 19087

Saturday, June 8th
12 - 3 PM
Valley Forge, PA

Barnes & Noble
150 W. Swedesford Rd

Devon, PA 19333

Saturday, June 15th
12 - 3 pm
Plymouth Meeting, PA

Signing with Larry Bowa from 12 - 1 PM
Barnes & Noble
2300 Chemical Rd
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

About the Authors

Dave Brown

Dave Brown is the author of six previous books, including Drinking Coffee with a Fork: The Story of Steve Carlton and the ’72 Phillies, which he co-authored with Steve Bucci. He lives in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kim, and their three children.

Jeff Rodimer

Jeff Rodimer, now retired, is a lifelong, avid baseball fan. He attended his first major league game in 1966 and has had the good fortune to see games in more than thirty big league ballparks. He resides in New Jersey with his wife, Peggy, and their parrot, Rocky.


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