Nationally Acclaimed

We are grateful for numerous examples of critical praise for Baseball's Starry Night.

A review by David Lengel, of The Guardian online [scroll down to item 4]:

"This is a magical book about a magical night. This beautifully told story captures baseball at its very best." Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

 “Sept. 28, 2011. It was a night that will forever be frozen in baseball time. A night of miracles. A night of magic. A night of heartbreak. A night for the history books. Somebody needed to write a book about that night. Thankfully, Paul Kocak volunteered for the job. And in this beautifully written book, he takes us not merely inside the astonishing ups and downs of this unforgettable evening, but inside the hearts and minds of ‘ordinary’ people -- the fans whose pulse rates haven't come down yet.”  Jayson Stark, Senior Baseball Writer

 "A retelling unlike any other of the greatest night in baseball regular-season history," Chris Mallonee,

"With Baseball's Starry Night, Paul Kocak captures an unforgettable moment in time in powerful, passionate prose that will bring fans to their feet all over again." Greg Tobin, former editor-in-chief of Book-of-the-Month Club, Inc. and author of Holy Holidays! 

 "Paul Kocak hits an 'inside the park homer.' What a night!" Len Berman, Sportscaster/Author

The Heater blog (, Marc Topkin, March 26, 2012:

"Paul Kocak was one of many baseball fans who felt the Game 162 events of Sept. 28, 2011, were worthy of a book. The difference is that he wrote one, . . . including a rich chapter about a handful of Rays loyalists."


From the blog C70 At The Bat (, March 31, 2012:


"Finally, we come to Baseball's Starry Night.  Unlike the two books before, this one, written by Paul Kocak, is as recent as you can get, chronicling all that happened last season on September 28, 2011.  You know that night.  Game 162.

Kocak does a good job of outlining the situation, putting it into context, and then letting it play out.  As I say, I've not read the whole book yet (I've got it on my Kindle and I'm going through it as I can), but I've read the important parts--the Cardinals are one of the earlier chapters.

What Kocak does that is so unique is that he went directly to the fans to put together this remembrance.  He contacted a number of bloggers, Tweeters and other fans that may have been at the ballpark or at least had a significant rooting interest in that evening's activities.  You get beyond what the national media has been saying and get to the heart of fandom.

I was privileged to be a part of the Cardinal section, as well as Dathan Brooks, Christine Coleman, and Chris Malonee.  It was a lot of fun to read this book and see these names that I know so well in print.  If nothing else, the Cardinal section is definitely worth the $5 the Kindle version will cost you.  Paul was on the UCB Radio Hour a few weeks back and he's an interesting person to listen to.  Give him some support and buy a copy of this great book!"


From the PlanetValenti blog (, Dan Valenti, April 3, 2012


"If you love baseball or if you are a fan of compelling writing, you will want to add this book to your library. . . . Thanks, Paul, for this contribution to baseball literature. By the way, we love the nod to Vincent Van Gogh‘s 'Starry Night' painting in the title and in the cover art."