Erik Sherman, "Two Sides of Glory" in conversation with James H Smith, "Baseball’s Greatest Players"

Thursday, June 9, 2022
7:00 PM (ET)
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
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Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Join Erik Sherman & Jim Smith

For an Evening of  All Things Baseball  


Two Sides of Glory

Following an epic American League Championship Series win over the California Angels and just one out from winning their first World Series in sixty-eight years, the 1986 Boston Red Sox lost Game Six to the New York Mets in unforgettable and devastating fashion. Then they lost Game Seven and the Series itself. Two Sides of Glory portrays the losing side of the story about one of baseball’s most riveting World Series match-ups. With the benefit of years of reflection from the men who made up the ’86 Sox, this will be the definitive book on this iconic yet most Shakespearian of Boston teams for years to come.

After telling the Mets’ side of the story, Erik Sherman turns here to the Red Sox’s version, with recollections from players that are both insightful and surprisingly emotional. Bill Buckner, whose name became synonymous with a muffed grounder, speaks openly about the cruel aftermath. Pitcher Bruce Hurst broke down three times while being interviewed. Dwight Evans confesses in his interview that he had never before talked at length about the ’86 team. And Roger Clemens talks candidly not only about the ’86 squad but also accusations of alleged steroid abuse later in his career and the toll it has taken on his family.

In each player’s retelling, there is the excitement of history never told and old mysteries answered. The story of the ’86 Red Sox is well known, but now, after thirty years, the players have opened up to Sherman like never before. It’s an in-depth, first-person account with the intriguing key players who made up this once-in-a-generation Boston team, and also a look at how the extremes of tantalizing victory and heart-wrenching failure shaped and influenced their lives—both on the field and off.

Erik Sherman is a baseball historian and the New York Times best-selling author of Kings of Queens: Life beyond Baseball with the ’86 Mets. He is the coauthor of five other highly acclaimed baseball-themed books, including After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets and Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the ’86 Mets. Visit

Baseball’s Greatest Players

John Ellis signed with the Yankees when he was 17, just out of High School. In 1970, Topps Baseball Cards names him and his teammate, Thurman Munson, to its annual Rookie of the Year team. Ellis, called Moose at 6-foot, 2- inches carrying 225 pounds, played 13 years in the major leagues and was the first designated hitter in Cleveland Indians history. In his first year with the Texas Rangers he was batting .419 in 11 games when he slid into second base and broke his left leg and ankle. Out for the season. He came back to play 290 more games, batting .285 in 1979 with 61 RBI and 12 homers. Retiring from baseball, he went on to his fortune in real estate, only to be stopped by cancer that had also taken his older brother and sister. He pledged that, if he survived, he would help others. The Connecticut Cancer Foundation, founded by John and his wife Jane in 1987, has benefitted countless children and families struck by the disease. Every year, major league baseball superstars head- line the foundation's annual fundraising dinner to carry on a generous tradition started by a kid who could swing a bat.

Jim Smith is a recipient of the American Society of Newspaper Editors distinguished writing award, among many other journalism awards. In a 50-year career, he has worked as either managing editor or the top editor at The Connecticut Post, New Britain Herald, Bristol Press, Record-Journal of Meriden, News-Times of Danbury, The Day of New London and the Torrington Register-Citizen. He spent 14 years at The Hartford Courant as a reporter, city editor and sports editor. He was the long-time president of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information and served, too, as president of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors. His most recent book, Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits, a collection of Connecticut women newspaper columnists, was, as Baseball’s Greatest Players, published by Elm Grove Press of Mystic. Smith and his wife Jacqueline, who also spent decades as a reporter and editor at Connecticut newspapers, live in Bethel.








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