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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602397635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602397637
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,204,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BILL GUTMAN is a sportswriter who is the author of more than 200 books, including Tales from the 1969-1970 New York Knicks, What if the Babe Had Kept His Red Sox? and Yankees by the Numbers. 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Pernikoff on March 12, 2010
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What a fun book! One forgets just how many players have toiled in the Bronx in the 80 years since uniform numbers were first established; it's hard to believe that some numbers have been worn by over 60 players! It's also quite remarkable how many different numbers certain players wore, even some of the stars.

Every number from 1 to 51 has its own chapter, and in most cases the best-known player to wear the number is highlighted in some detail, but all of the other men who wore each number have their Yankees career mentioned at least briefly. Higher numbers that have fewer players are grouped together, but all numbers up to 99 are accounted for.

There are a number of photos, generally of baseball cards, and some interesting sidebars covering all manner of Yankees trivia.

To any Yankees fan who doesn't buy this book: wossamotta u?
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I have waited 30+ years for an update of Nathan Salant's "This Date In New York Yankees History". This "By The Numbers" book is a wonderful way to get lost in Yankee nostalgia, but it leaves something to be desired.
Salant's book has, as far as I can tell, never been revised, or followed up by anyone, since its publication which hawked the fact that it goes "From the Beginning to the 1978 Championship". What "This Date" contains is a day-by-day listing of events in the history of the Bronx Bombers: all their nicknames, every trade and every other type of player transaction in chronological order, with a side bar as to what the player(s) picked-up or dropped has meant in Yankees' and baseball history.
The book has recountings of every Yankee World Series appearance and the annual and all-time statistical leaders of all the then-known important hitting and pitching stats ('quality starts' or SABR were NOT even terms the era before 1980 could comprehend). Example: Fritz Peterson, (who?) besides trading his wife for Mike Kekich's spouse (not a SABR stat, yet) has more career complete games (81) than almost every Major League pitcher at least since the 1990's!
I have to hand it to Bill Gutman, his facts are interesting and make for good trivia argument settlers. But, in an era when we get movies like Saw II, III, IV, V and VI, why not a companion piece to the very worthwhile Salant tome....

I can't even find a replacement for my dog-eared copy. Somebody Help!
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“Yankees By The Numbers” is a fun way to look at Yankee history, and it has a lot of interesting information. I think it would have been even better if it had not commented on so many players who only had “a cup of coffee” with the Yankees and saved the comments for those who stood out for some reason. Some of the data could have been included in the list at the beginning of each chapter instead of appearing in the body of the chapter. Also, occasionally I felt like some things were glossed over. For example, the section on Dave Winfield mentioned George Steinbrenner’s criticism of Winfield’s play, but made no mention of the Howie Spira affair. This seemed incomplete. Also, I was hoping Rocky Colavito’s Yankee pitching career would be mentioned. Overall, though, I liked the book’s format and learned a lot. I wasn’t aware that Joe Sewell was the toughest man in the history of baseball to strike out or that Greg A. Harris was the first pitcher of the modern era to pitch with both his right and left arms. The book also includes picturesque language (“iron butterfly”) and some humor. I loved recalling the Casey Stengel quote, “There comes a time in every man’s life and I’ve had plenty of them.”
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