A Baseball Lover’s Companion to the Pennant Drives

It’s mid-August and baseball fans are gearing up for this year’s major league pennant drives. A recent book by H.G. (Buzz) Bissinger, 3 Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager, is an enthralling read for armchair managers. Given unrestricted access to the St.Louis Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa, Bissinger follows the intricacies of managerial preparation, strategy and decision-making during a crucial series with the Chicago Cubs during last season’s National League pennant race. Bissinger is a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the high school football classic Friday Night Lights which has also been made into a movie.