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The 50 Greatest Yankee Games Paperback – April 1, 2006
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""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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Every Yankee fan has a memory they will never forget or a game they wish they had been present to witness. Covering an entire century of New York Yankees baseball, The 50 Greatest Yankee Games brings together the best (and sometimes worst) moments experienced by the most successful sports franchise on the planet. From history-making plays to incredible individual achievements, from regular season games to playoffs to the World Series, Cecilia Tan deftly recreates the suspense, excitement, and drama on the field, putting you right at home plate as the action unfolds.
Drawing upon her extensive research, Tan devotes each fact-packed chapter to a single game, incorporating exclusive interviews with players, personal recollections, and quotes from newspapers and magazines of the time, as well as vintage photographs and trivia about the people, places, and events that made these games legendary. You'll hear from such Yankee greats as Yogi Berra, Al Downing, Whitey Ford, Joe Girardi, Dwight Gooden, Reggie Jackson, Phil Linz, Graig Nettles, and Roy White, to name a few. You'll also meet the not-so-famous figures who contributed to unforgettable moments in Yankee history.
From the triumphs to the heartbreaks, you'll be there as: Bert Daniels enters the record books in 1912 by hitting for the cycle. Babe Ruth performs the most debated gesture in sports history. Joe DiMaggio reaches one milestone on hisway to another. "The Wild Man" tames the Dodgers, but the Bombers fail to score. Bobby Murcer delivers the game-winning hit just hours after delivering the eulogy at Thurman Munson's funeral. Dave Righetti throws his no-hitter against the Red Sox. Don Mattingly shines, but Seattle savors the day.
Written with all the enthusiasm and spirit of a die-hard Yankee fan, The 50 Greatest Yankee Games captures all the mania, mystery, and magic surrounding the most popular baseball team of all time.
- Item Weight : 15 ounces
- Paperback : 278 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0471763136
- ISBN-13 : 978-0471763130
- Product Dimensions : 6.12 x 0.77 x 9.26 inches
- Publisher : Wiley; 1st Edition (April 1, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,516,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.