The Long Ball

It was the best of seasons, it was the worst of seasons. In 1975, baseball fans reveled in an extraordinary summer, which culminated in what many consider the greatest World Series ever, between the Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. In his typical languid style, Boston-based writer Adelman (who, under the pen name Camden Joy, moonlights as a music critic) zooms in on this thrilling season, rendering pitch-by-pitch descriptions of key games and a heart-stopping account of Carlton Fisk’s immortal homer. —Greg Lalas