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The 50 Greatest Yankee Games Paperback – April 1, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
How do you pick just 50 great games from among the thousands played by the most successful franchise in pro sports? It's not easy, but Tan does a fine job choosing the most important contests from 100 seasons of Yankee baseball and recounting them in a gripping style. From Babe Ruth's "called shot," to Bucky Dent's devastating 1978 playoff homerun, to Aaron Boone's clinching blow in the 2003 American League Championship Series, most of the biggest events in Yankee history are brought to life in this book. One can argue with some of Tan's choices-and Yankee fans inevitably will-but that's half the fun. Tan, an experienced baseball writer and devoted Yankee fan, draws on research, contemporary press accounts and interviews she conducted with players such as Yogi Berra, Dwight Gooden, Reggie Jackson, Bobby Murcer and Whitey Ford to recreate the games and illuminate key moments. Tan displays a knack for narrative, developing entertaining, dramatic story lines even though the outcome is never a surprise. If you saw one of the games (or watched it on television), long-forgotten details will come flooding back. If you didn't see the game, you'll almost feel as if you were there. Yankee fans should enjoy this celebration of their favorite team. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
""Tan does a fine job choosing the most important contests from 100 seasons of Yankee baseball and recounting them in a gripping style . . . . developing entertaining, dramatic story lines."" (""Publisher's Weekly)
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You also would have thought that Tan would at least go to the trouble of providing box score information on the games profiled, but we don't even get something convenient like that. And her description of the Babe Ruth called HR game contains a howling error when she reprints the so-called "Radio call" of Cubs broadcaster Quin Ryan. That call is a phony recreation done long after the fact, and Tan should have known that.
Books like this are IMO the worst kind because all they do is give the most rudimentary thumbnail sketch of a game without attempting anything fresh or insightful. If one is not as much of a hardcore fan and wants just an introductary primer to some of these games, it can perhaps be useful, but for the serious Yankee fan, don't waste your money.
The author takes us through the history of the mighty Bronx Bombers and through the magic of her pen she brings us back to the games we grew up with. Her thorough research and interviews covers memories from every generation.
I asked myself how could you pick only 50 games from the multitude of games the Yankees have played? Well after reading the book I couldn't think of a single game she missed. From the obvious perfect games to the oblivious Andy Hawkins no hit loss it is all there. She drives us through the dynasties to the lean years and back again. She dusted the cobwebs out of the pinstriped portion of my brain for sure.
Cecilia Tan has a hit on her hands with this book. Whether you a baseball historian of just love the lore of the game you should go out buy this book and pick one up for the Yankee fans on you gift list they will thank you for it.